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UMass Hockey's Olczyk Named Assistant Coach At Utica College

Former UMass hockey forward Eddie Olczyk has been named an assistant coach at Utica College.

Former UMass hockey forward Eddie Olczyk has been named an assistant coach at Utica College.
Aug. 13, 2014

UTICA, N.Y. - UMass hockey alum Eddie Olczyk has been named an assistant coach for the Utica College men's hockey program, the school announced on Tuesday. Olczyk played 54 games with the Bloomington Thunder of the Southern Professional Hockey League last season after graduating from UMass with a degree in Psychology in 2013.

"Eddie has been surrounded by the game of hockey his entire life and he has a bright coaching future ahead of him," Utica head coach Gary Heenan said in the release. "His experiences as a player at all levels of hockey will certainly benefit our student-athletes. We are excited to welcome him into the UC family and we can't wait to get to work."

Olczyk saw action in 85 career games over four seasons with the Minutemen from 2009-13, including 33 of 34 contests as a senior in 2012-13, totaling four goals and two assists for six points. Four of his career six points came during his final campaign in which he also logged 22 block shots, the highest among all of UMass' forwards. Olczyk was named to the Ledyard Classic All-Tournament team that season, as well.

A Long Grove, Illinois, native, Olczyk will be pursuing a master's degree in education at Utica. His past coaching experience includes spending the last six years as a head instructor at the Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey Camps.




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