Ricky Olczyk enters his seventh season with the Oilers and sixth as the team’s Assistant General Manager & Director of Hockey Operations/Legal Affairs.  The 43-year-old native of Chicago, Illinois, was promoted to the new position on August 8, 2008, after serving as the Oilers’ Director of Hockey Administration and Legal Affairs during the 2007-08 season.

As a member of the Oilers Hockey Management Team, Olczyk works closely with Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, and Scott Howson on all hockey-related matters. His responsibilities include player contract negotiations, scouting and player evaluation, particularly US College Free Agents, 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 years, 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 in Toronto before opening his own legal consulting firm in Chicago.

Ricky O. is an avid trail runner, having raced in the Pike’s Peak Marathon five times; enjoys to read; and is also a frequent guest-speaker at colleges and law schools.