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Ex-NHL coach Olczyk saw Blashill's potential years ago

Eddie Olczyk had an inkling nine years ago that Jeff Blashill one day would be an NHL coach. In 2006, the two worked side by side coaching the United States squad at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, with Olczyk as head coach and Blashill as assistant. Blashill left quite an impression, one that's grown as the two kept in touch over the years. "He's a terrific guy, first and foremost," Olczyk, a former NHL player and head coach who currently serves as a color commentator for NBC, told the Free Press. "For a goalie, and I always kid him about this, he gets it. He's a real intelligent guy. He's a people person. He's direct and to the point and...

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