Vancouver Canucks remember Gino Odjick, who passed away Sunday
The Vancouver Canucks remembered a true fan favorite after learning forward Gino Odjick passed away on Sunday at the age of 52.
According to a report by the Montreal Gazette, Odjick suffered a heart attack. In 2014, he developed a rare condition called amyloidosis which creates protein deposits in the heart. The disease required a variety of treatments including chemotherapy.
After spending parts of eight seasons with the Canucks, which included a run to the Stanley Cup Final in the1993-94 season, Odjick had stints with the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadians during his 12-year career.
“I feel very fortunate for my life,” Odjick said in a letter at the time. “During my career, I played in some great NHL cities, including Vancouver, Long Island, Philadelphia and Montreal. In my heart, I will always be a Canuck and I have always had a special relationship here with the fans. Your ‘Gino, Gino’ cheers were my favorite. I wish I could hear them again. You have been amazing.”NHL.com
In 444 career games, Odjick scored 46 goals and tallied 52 assists. He was considered a fan favorite and was known to get into fights, and according to Sportsnet, holds the record for most penalty minutes in Vancouver franchise history with 2,127.
“Gino was a fan-favorite from the moment he joined the organization,” Canucks Chairman and Governor Francesco Aquilini wrote in a statement. “He inspired many and embodied what it means to be a Canuck.”
–Field Level Media contributed to this article