Eddie Olczyk previews the Stanley Cup Final (Interview)

Eddie Olczyk previews the Stanley Cup Final (Interview)

Chicago Blackhawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk is part of NBC Sports’s top NHL announce team along with Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst). All three participated in a conference call with the media previewing the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins. It’s almost here.

Olczyk won the cup as a player with the New York Rangers in ’94 and coached the Pittsburgh Penguins from ’03-’05. He’s a reknowned hockey broadcaster on both the national and local levels. He works for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, NBC Sports, and WGN. Obviously, Olczyk is known for his playing days with the Blackhawks too, and is a graduate of Brother Rice High School on the South Side of Chicago.

He’s also done well betting on horses too. Olczyk won nearly a half a million dollars on a pick 6 bet.


So here’s what Olczyk had to say about the big series:

Paul M. Banks: What’s the biggest difference between calling a Blackhawks game locally versus calling it nationally? How do change your approach between for a national audience versus a local audience?

Eddie Olczyk: I don’t use nicknames, and I read a lot less promos, because that’s one of Doc’s fortes. I think I do the same job, I try to teach the game, try to sell the game on an individual basis, but those are really the only two things: using the nicknames for the local broadcast and not reading 100% of the promos, only reading them when Doc passes them along to me.

Doc Emrick: I think it’s a harder job for an analyst than it is a play-by-play guy. There was a hit a couple years ago in the playoffs against Chicago and there was a huge cry about how dirty the hit was and Eddie said right away with no replays to watch that was a good hit. They played it back and sure enough it was there. The one thing I think happens with local shows, for example the time Chico Resch and I spent talking about the Devils is probably 70/30. That wasn’t necessarily cheering for the Devils but it was talking about them. For a national telecast it winds up being closer to 50/50 and that percentage thing strikes me as one of the main differences. It’s always been an intriguing question since 1995 when the local shows weren’t allowed to go all the way to the Final.

Olczyk on the Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Considering where we were from six-and-a-half or seven months ago, to have two teams in two cities like Chicago and Boston in the Stanley Cup Final – enough said… I anticipate a low scoring series. These two teams really know how to defend. They have star power in every position, but I’m expecting defense to prevail in the series.”

Olczyk on the original six matchup: I was lucky enough to play in three different Original Six markets… You may be a fan of one of them and dislike the other, but that’s healthy, and that’s what makes rivalries and what the league has been built on. When you have two franchises that are the foundation of the National Hockey League and what it is today, the sports towns these teams play in, the passion of the fans, and the success that these teams and organizations have had recently, it is incredibly special that you can have two Original Six teams meeting in the Stanley Cup Final… The Original Six has a little extra pizazz to the Stanley Cup Final. These are the two best teams that have earned the opportunity to play for the greatest trophy in the world.

Further reading:

-the many similarities between the cities of Boston and Chicago.

-more information on NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Final coverage

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final airs Wednesday on NBC at 7 central, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6 central on NBC Sports Network.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net. (“Quasi-endorsed” by Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly) He’s also an author who also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker

Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks), like him on Facebook

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