Eddie Olczyk has worn several hats during his hockey career, from player to coach to well-known color analyst, both with NBC and CSN.
Could a job at the league office be the next possibility?
A league source said Olczyk is one of several being considered to be the head of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Brendan Shanahan departed the job in March, when he took over as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stephane Quintal, a former NHL defenseman, was named new lead of the department April 11. On that day, the NHL said in a release that Quintal, “for the balance of the regular season and throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs… assumes the role of conducting hearings and administering supplementary discipline.”
Eddie Olczyk now said to be leaving NBC to replace Brendan Shanahan at NHL HQ. Eddie is on the Bro Jake show Friday on @TEAM1040 9.15 am— Dave Pratt (@DavePratt1040) May 8, 2014
Olczyk possibly working for the league was first mentioned by Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts column on Tuesday. Dave Pratt of Team 1040 in Vancouver also tweeted the possibility on Thursday.
But Olczyk apparently has more than one suitor. A second source said Olczyk is one of several candidates for the commissioner’s job at the United States Hockey League, the nation’s top junior league. Mike Santos, who most recently served as Florida’s assistant general manager under Panthers GM Dale Tallon, is also a candidate for that USHL job.
Olczyk told several outlets during the Winter Olympics that he would love to get back into coaching again.
“I still have a burning desire to teach,” Olczyk told Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in February. “I have a passion to be a part of the wins and losses. I think I would like to fulfill that emptiness. At the end of the day, I’m a coach by trade who happens to have a microphone.”