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Eddie Olczyk Jr. joins Niagara hockey coaching staff

Niagara added Eddie Olczyk Jr. to its hockey coaching staff on Wednesday.

The son of former NHL player and current NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk, he spent last season as an assistant at Division III Utica. Among his duties there, he oversaw the power play which ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

Olczyk played four seasons at UMass from 2009-13 and spent one season playing with the Bloomington Thunder of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that Eddie Olczyk has agreed to join our staff and program at Niagara,” Purple Eagles' caoch Dave Burkholder said. “It was an easy decision once we were able to meet during the interview process. He comes from a great hockey family and enjoyed a good playing career in Juniors and at UMass-Amherst. His experience most recently at Utica College as an assistant coach made him the perfect candidate and fit for us. He is going to be a huge asset and resource for our student-athletes.”

 Olczyk joins the staff after Pat Oliveto left to take a job with the Academy of Hockey.

A native of Long Grove, Ill., Olczyk earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UMass in 2013 and is pursuing a master’s degree in education from Utica.

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