Penn State news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

Tommy Olczyk Writes About The Rise Of Penn State Hockey For The Players’ Tribune

If there’s anybody who knows about the rise of Penn State hockey from a club team to a Division I program, it’s Tommy Olczyk. The senior committed to the Nittany Lions when Pegula Ice Arena was “just a blueprint,” but five years later, Olczyk leaves the program after a successful 21-13-4 season.

The former team captain wrote an open letter to to his “Nittany Lions Family” discussing his time in Happy Valley for the Players’ Tribune, the media outlet started by Derek Jeter that allows players to tell their own stories.

Olczyk writes about the humble beginnings of Penn State hockey and how it got to where it is now — or as Olczyk phrased it, “going from the outhouse to the penthouse.” He shares a number of stories, whether it was meeting coach Guy Gadowsky for the first time or playing in Madison Square Garden as a senior. Olczyk wraps up the article by thanking those who have helped build “Hockey Valley,” and says he’ll always have pride for Penn State.

Olczyk will graduate with his master’s degree in accounting in May. He’s “not ready to hang ’em [skates] up yet,” though. He plans to still play hockey professionally, although he’s unsure where at this point. If there’s one thing Penn Staters have learned watching Olczyk over the years, it’s this: You can never count him out. Best of luck and thank you to Olczyk as he leaves Penn State.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Patrick Koerbler

Patrick Koerbler is a senior Journalism major/History minor from the mean streets of Palmerton, PA. His career goals include becoming the Director of Public Relations for the New York Yankees, and co-hosting a Penn State football podcast with Matt McGloin. Patrick is also a ledge, his interests include sandwiches, and his best friend is Andrew Wiggins. For more fun, you can follow him on Twitter -- @GoodDudePat -- or contact him via email at [email protected] Go Sixers.

Follow on Another Platform
113kFollowers
157kFollowers
54.9kFollowers
4,570Subscribers
State College Links
Other posts by Patrick

Embrace The Journey: Patrick Koerbler’s Senior Column

I’m leaving Happy Valley knowing I’ve made the memories of a lifetime — and for that, I’m grateful.

Jordan Lucas Picked No. 204 Overall By The Miami Dolphins

Recruiting Talk: Offensive Line, Linebackers, And Five-Star Recruits

Homefield Apparel To Launch Licensed Penn State Merch August 13

Penn State is finally and officially joining the iconic clothing line with a 15-piece collection.

Homefield Apparel To Launch Licensed Penn State Merch August 13

Penn State is finally and officially joining the iconic clothing line with a 15-piece collection.

‘Oeuf Boeuf Et Bacon’ French Diner To Open In Former Location Of Baby’s Burgers & Shakes

Oeuf Boeuf et Bacon — which is French for “egg, beef, and bacon” — will tentatively open in September.

State College Rotary Club Ice Cream Fest To Return August 6

Liquid nitrogen ice cream brownies will be among the delicious treats at this year’s Ice Cream Festival.

 
Send this to a friend