Tommy Olczyk Says Thank You

March 21, 2016 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

The Penn State men’s hockey season ended on Friday with a 7-2 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. It marked the end of several careers in Happy Valley, as the team graduates eight seniors.

One such player is redshirt senior forward and former captain Tommy Olczyk. The Illinois native came to Penn State when the program was still a club team playing in Greenberg Ice Pavilion, something that he articulated in a note to the university that he posted to his Twitter account on Saturday morning. Olczyk, the son of former Stanley Cup winner Ed Olczyk, mentioned that he’s been around for so long that his recruiting visit to Happy Valley featured sketches of Pegula Ice Arena.

Additionally, Olczyk discussed his desire to leave a legacy in State College, and that his goal as a player was to lay a foundation for the program. The letter ends with Olczyk expressing his love for the university that “took a chance” on him, saying that “Some, not all, good things come to an end. My love and passion for this school is something that will never fade.”

In addition to his success on the ice, Olczyk is a standout student. A multiple time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Olczyk is pursuing his master’s degree in accounting and is a teaching assistant in a 200-level accounting course.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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