Outside of his family, there are two other things in life that Eddie Olczyk loves most: pucks and ponies.

Olczyk, a veteran of over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League, and a Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers in 1994, joined The Drive with Dan Bahl on Thursday afternoon to preview the 2024 Preakness Stakes.

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Naturally, we also talked a bit about the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as Olczyk is the lead analyst for the NHL on TNT.

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Following his playing career, which lasted 16 NHL seasons and included stops with six franchises, Olczyk transitioned to the broadcast booth, where he worked as an analyst for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After a brief stint as the head coach of the Penguins, Olczyk returned to the booth with his hometown Chicago Blackhawks, a position he held from 2006 through 2022. He was also a hockey analyst for NBC from 2007 through 2021, working alongside legendary play-by-play voice Mike "Doc" Emrick.

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Currently, Olczyk is a color analyst for the Seattle Kraken, and works as the lead analyst for the NHL on TNT. Outside of his work in hockey, he's become a mainstay in the thoroughbred horse racing industry, and regularly appears on NBC's coverage of the Triple Crown races.

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Needless to say, we had plenty to talk about in our conversation with Eddie Olczyk. Here is a recording of that conversation from Thursday afternoon's show:

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