Gino Odjick former Habs forward passed away at 52, Canadiens mourn

Gino Odjick former Habs forward passed away at 52

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Gino Odjick Death – Gino Odjick was a beloved member of the Canadiens family, and his departure is deeply mourned by all. At the age of 52, the formerly active forward for the Canadiens, who played for the team from 2000 to 2002, passed away due to heart failure. After his playing career, Odjick moved back to Vancouver. He had amyloidosis, a rare form of blood disease that affects organs, particularly the heart. In 2014, he broke the news to the whole public, suggesting that the illness was incurable and that he had just a short amount of time left to live.

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The effects that were anticipated from the experimental treatments did not materialize, and in the year 2020, he reported that the disease had resumed its destructive course, indicating that he would now undergo a series of new treatments. Between 1990 and 2002, Odjick competed in 12 NHL seasons, wearing the uniform of four different teams. He started his career with the Vancouver Canucks, then wore the uniforms of the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, and finally, the Montreal Canadiens after being traded on December 7, 2000, in exchange for a 6th round selection pick and P.J. Stock.

He was penalized for a total of 2,567 minutes over the course of 605 games, placing him 17th all-time in NHL history. He finished his career with 137 points, 64 of which came from goals, and was a well-liked figure among fans. He was selected by the Canucks in the fifth round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft (86th overall), and he had his best season with 16 goals and 29 points during his fourth season in Vancouver in 1993-1994. In addition to scoring four goals and providing an assist in 44 postseason games, the 6-foot-3 and 215-pound giant Odjick received 142 penalty minutes.

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Gino Odjick was born on September 7, 1970, on the Kitigan Zibi Algonquin reservation in the Outaouais, close to Maniwaki. In a family with a total of six children, he was the only man. He was introduced to hockey at an early age, but it wasn’t until the age of 11 that he joined an organized league sponsored by his father, Joe. He played for Hawkesbury and then for the Laval Titan after spending the first 15 years of his life on the reserve. He left the reserve when he was 15.

Following his active career, he returned to live in Vancouver, where he never missed an opportunity to share his legacy with Aboriginal youngsters. On the Musqueam reservation, where he lived and worked, he managed a golf club and represented the Canadian Football League in various capacities within the local community. Gino Odjick was honored with induction into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame the following year, 2021.

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