ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER & DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS/LEGAL AFFAIRS
As a member of the Oilers Hockey Management Team, Olczyk works closely with Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini on all hockey-related matters. His responsibilities include player contract negotiations, scouting and player evaluation, scheduling, salary arbitration, player transactions, and salary cap management. He is also the liaison to the NHL regarding all matters pertaining to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The younger brother of former NHL forward Eddie Olczyk joined the Oilers on June 22, 2007, from the private sector, where he ran his own legal consulting firm in Chicago for six seasons, representing players and advising families on academic and professional goals.
As a player, Olczyk was Captain of the United States Under-17 National Team that won the Silver Medal at the 1986 World Cup in Chicago. During his collegiate career, Olczyk played four seasons of NCAA Division I hockey at Brown University between 1988 and 1992 and served as the Bears’ Captain his senior year. He was named to the Academic All-Ivy Team in 1991-92. Olczyk graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, wrote an Honors Thesis, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
A 1996 graduate of Cornell Law School, Olczyk was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1996 and worked two years at Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, a Phoenix law firm, specializing in corporate and commercial transactions and civil litigation. He also spent two seasons with the National Hockey League Players’ Association before opening his own legal consulting firm in Chicago.
Ricky is a devoted trail runner, having raced in the Pike’s Peak Marathon four times, and is an avid reader.