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Hockey Legend Olczyk to Appear at District 308 Staff Event

Aug 07, 2015 10:37AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Eddie Olczyk started and ended his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago Blackhawk legend Eddie Olczyk will fire up 2,300 School District 308 employees when they meet for their annual convocation event Friday, Aug. 14.

The annual event is a team-building exercise for employees meant to energize them for the coming school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 17.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Olczyk has worked hard and it has resulted in his many achievements. We look forward to Mr. Olczyk as the special guest speaker at our annual convocation for all employees,” said Superintendent Matthew Wendt.

The cost to hire Olczyk for his guest-speaking role is about $8,000 — half of which is being paid for by a District 308 vendor, said School Board President Mat Bauman. The other half of the fee is being paid with funds the district receives through its p-card rebate program. 

Bauman said he did not know which vendor was helping pay the fee, and attempts to reach district spokesman Brian Graves for that information were not returned. 

“This is a team-building exercise that helps get our employees ready for the school year,” Bauman said. “It’s not unique to this school district or any large employer.”

Staffers also will receive other gifts and door prizes at the event that are being donated by businesses in the community, Bauman said. The total cost to the district for the convocation, including Olczyk’s speaking fee, is about $9,000.

Olczyk is a color commentator for the National Hockey League on NBC and for Blackhawks games. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. He played in the NHL for 16 seasons, including five with the Blackhawks.

The Palos Heights native also played on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and scored nine points in six games. 

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