Olczyk said he expects to return to the broadcast booth after completing treatment.
Hockey great Eddie Olczyk, who also owns Thoroughbreds and serves as an analyst and handicapper on NBC Sports horse racing broadcasts, released a statement August 8 that he has been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer and is now undergoing treatment.
"Eddie O" now works as a TV analyst for national broadcasts on NBC and Blackhawks games with Pat Foley on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN.
Olczyk was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1984 draft.
Per the announcement, released by one of his former teams, the Chicago Blackhawks, Olczyk had a tumor removed and is going to receive chemotherapy as part of the treatment in the coming weeks. He thanked the Blackhawks, NBC, friends and fans for their support and encouragement and said it "will give me continued strength to beat this".
Olczyk, who works as a broadcaster for the Chicago Blackhawks and played five of his 16 National Hockey League seasons with the team, released a statement through the organization on Tuesday. "My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments".
Olczyk had 794 points (342 goals, 452 assists) in 1,031 games for the Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Chicago native also coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2003-04 season and part of the 2005-06 season.
The Blackhawks released a statement from their team physician, Michael Terry, who said.
"On behalf of everyone at NBC Sports, we wish Eddie and his family all the best as they cope with this health issue", Flood said.