Chicago Blackhawks and NBC Sports color analyst Eddie Olczyk, a former first round pick of the Hawks, visited the BMO Harris Bank Center on Sunday prior to the Rockford IceHogs game against the Texas Stars. He signed autographs for fans, but also spoke one-on-one to the 13 Sports Authority about the role the IceHogs have played in the recent run of success for the Blackhawks, who have won three Stanley Cups this decade, with major contributions coming from former IceHogs players.
"It's the lifeline of an organization. It's the young players of today that will be future Blackhawks of tomorrow. You need that communication. You need that ability to develop and understand what the plan is. It's been a great relationship, I know the Blackhawks have reaped the benefits of the hard work that goes on here in Rockford. It's a lifeline of the organization, the feeder system to the next level."
The IceHogs lost to the Stars, 7-2, their third straight loss, and their third straight game allowing five goals or more. Rockford returns to action Wednesday night at home against the Iowa Wild.