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Eddie Olczyk Joins Turner Sports as NHL Lead Analyst

The Chicago Blackhawks' lead broadcast analyst will continue to call games nationally for a new network with Kenny Albert.
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Eddie Olczyk reached a multiyear agreement Wednesday to join Turner Sports as NHL lead analyst beginning next season.

Play-by-play commentator Kenny Albert will join Olczyk to call live games airing on TNT and TBS throughout the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. Each works for NBC, the current rightsholder for the NHL.

Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky will be a studio analyst.

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"I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Turner Sports family and its coverage of the NHL," Olczyk said in a statement. "I'm equally thrilled to be on the same team with 'The Great One' for the first time in my career; that's just tremendously tremendous! Thanks to everyone at Turner Sports for all of their efforts in assembling this amazing team."

Selected No. 3 overall in the 1984 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Olczyk scored 794 points (342 goals, 452 assists) in 1,031 career games during his 16-year career and won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.

Olczyk was an analyst for the Pittsburgh Penguins, ESPN, ESPN2 and NHL Radio before a brief coaching stint with the Penguins from 2003-05. He returned to broadcasting in 2006 as the lead analyst for NBC Sports and the Blackhawks. He will continue to call Blackhawks games for NBC Sports Chicago.

The NHL and Turner Sports reached a seven-year media rights agreement April 27 for regular-season and postseason games to be televised on TNT and TBS starting next season. The deal runs through the 2027-28 season.

Games to be televised by Turner Sports

  • 72 regular-season games
  • NHL Winter Classic, annual New Year's Day outdoor game, each season
  • Half of the first two rounds of the playoffs
  • One conference final series each season
  • Stanley Cup Final in 2023, 2025, 2027