The hockey world was saddened to learn of the passing of former Montreal Canadiens forward Gino Odjick at the young age of 52.
Gino’s sister Dina Odjick shared the news of his unfortunate passing on Facebook, after years of fighting off a rare illness.
In 2014, Odjick was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a rare disease that attacked his vital organs, specifically his heart. He was able to fight it off in 2014, but released a memo in 2020 that mentioned that it had returned.
Odjick played 12 seasons in the NHL, split between the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens.
The punishing enforcer had 64 goals and 73 assists in 605 games in the NHL and was a key member of the 1994 Canucks Stanley Cup team, becoming a cult legend in the Vancouver area.
He was also very involved in community events and was considered one of the best personalities on and off the ice; the ultimate teammate.
He was known for being a fearless enforcer on the ice and standing up for his teammates at any given moment; engaging in some of the most entertaining fights in the NHL during the 90s.
He played a total of 49 games for the Montreal Canadiens, where he put up five goals and four assists for nine points and, in pure Odjick fashion, 148 penalty minutes.
He was a well-respected member of the hockey world and will be missed.
Montreal Hockey Now would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and former teammates of Gino Odjick.