Olczyk recovering from colon cancer surgery

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(TSX / STATS) -- Former NHL forward and current broadcaster Eddie Olczyk is undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

Olczyk, who works as a broadcaster for the Chicago Blackhawks and played five of his 16 NHL seasons with the team, released a statement through the organization on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old Olczyk, the No. 3 overall selection in the 1984 NHL draft, was diagnosed with the disease last week. He underwent a surgical procedure to remove a tumor and said he plans to return to the booth following completion of his treatment.

"I have been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer and am currently undergoing treatment for the disease," he said in the statement. "I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment. Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments."

Olczyk appeared in 1,031 games for the Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs, amassing 794 points on 342 goals and 452 assists.

After retiring following the 1999-2000 season, Olczyk coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for two seasons (2003-05). He has been an in-game analyst for Blackhawks games starting with the 2006-07 season, working for CSN, WGN and NHL on NBC.

Olczyk also was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

Updated August 8, 2017