January 14, 2020

Eddie Olczyk Interview

Episode 15 guest Eddie Olczyk tells some tremendous stories from his playing days with Ray on the LA Kings, and discusses his challenging ’94 season with the Rangers. Eddie also got the emotions going for all, telling the poignant story of his battle with Stage 3 colon cancer.

Ray and Darren start off hitting on a number of the week’s top headlines: the breaking news of Zack Kassian’s 2-game suspension, Morgan Rielly being out for 8-weeks with a fractured foot, what’s behind the Flames push of late, how tight the standings are in the Western Conf., Ray Shero’s curious dismissal in NJ, and finally the guys dig into the top 6 teams in the EasterConf. Ray’s former teammate in LA and current NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk joined and got up close and personal with the guys on a number of topics. Edzo told some awesome, hilarious stories from their time together on the Kings, including his hatred of turbulence on the team’s charter flights. Eddie O also chatted on his struggles during his season as role player on the Rangers ’94 Stanley Cup Championship team. Eddie was poignant talking about learning he was sick and going public in fighting his battle with stage 3 colon cancer and how it tested his will to live – and details what his ‘TSN Turning Point’ was thanks to his wife Diana after his second chemo treatment. In this week’s edition of #ThroatPunch Darren nominates the slow retraction to the Ontario Operations Center alert about an accident at the Pickering Nuclear Facility. Ray nominates Sens player Tyler Ennis for the silly choice of risking a road hockey level move in a shootout. During ‘Between the Benches’ the guys get into the positive move the NHL made featuring the Women’s 3 on 3 game as part of All Star weekend, talked more about the ‘positive arrogance’ of CBJ’s standout goalie Elvis Merzlikins  and whether Ray is ‘positively arrogant’. ‘Ask Ray & Dregs’ sees questions on what Ray believes the standard should be for a ‘dirty hit’, Darren and Ray’s favourite memories of watching Gretz, and the guys delve into why the NHL’s trade deadline has become a mostly underwhelming annual affair. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

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