Thursday, March 6, 2008

Player Spotlight: Eddie Olczyk

Power rankings will be coming up before too long.

Green Bay's C.J. Lee is next up after Olczyk.

Name: Eddie Olczyk
Current Team: Waterloo Black Hawks
Position: Forward
Hometown: Long Grove, Illinois
Date of Birth: June 17, 1989
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Stats: 6 goals, 4 assists
Previous Team: Sioux City Musketeers
College: None

Ryan: What is your favorite and least favorite arena (outside of your own) to play in and why?

Eddie Olczyk: My favorite arena would have to be Des Moines. You can always count on the fans to be pretty rowdy and bring a consistent vibe throughout the game. My Least favorite rink is Sioux Falls. I don't like how small it is, especially from playing home games on an olympic sized sheet.

Ryan: Describe your USHL experience so far.

EO: I've noticed a big difference in playing in the league for 2 years now. After a rookie season of experience and learning, my 2nd season has given me a good chance to step up as a veteran and help lead the team. I'm really pleased to be in Waterloo, the coaching staff her has given me a great opportunity to play with lots of exposure.

Ryan: How has your time with Waterloo differed from your time in Sioux City?

EO: Sioux City is a great city, and I've made a lot of close relationships with teammates and people from the area. But by making a move to Waterloo I think has really given me a chance to show what I can do to bennefit my hockey career.

Ryan: What is it like going from being teammates with your brother, Tom, to having to compete against him?

EO: It's pretty crazy. It's hard to believe that 2 months ago we were in the lineup together, and then after my trade we were lining up on a draw getting ready to wheel down the ice for different teams.

Ryan: Your dad is currently an analyst on Versus. Would that be a profession you’d enjoy after your hockey career is over?

EO: I think it's something I'd maybe like to do later on down the road, and hopefully his advice and experience can guide me to where I want to get to with the rest of my hockey career.

Thanks to Eddie for taking time to answer a few questions.

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