Former NHL forward Gino Odjick, best known for his time with the Vancouver Canucks, is dead at 52.
Odjick spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Canucks after being selected by them in the 1990 draft, before being traded to to New York Islanders for Jason Strudwick in March 1998.
In total, Odjick played 12 seasons in the NHL, with stints also with the Flyers and Canadiens to close out his career. He had 64 goals and 73 assists in 605 games across his NHL career.
Gino’s sister Dina Odjick shared the news on Facebook of his passing.
A Vancouver Canucks spokesperson confirmed the news to Postmedia’s Patrick Johnston, with a team announcement coming shortly.
No further details of his death have been announced.
Odjick was a key member of the 1994 Canucks Stanley Cup finalist team, playing 10 games in the playoffs for the team.
While Odjick wasn’t known for his scoring touch, he does hold a Canucks team record, with his 2127 penalty minutes being the most in franchise history.
Canucks commentator John Shorthouse also spread the news of Odjick’s passing on the broadcast of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Back in June 2022 on an interview with the Donnie and Dhali on CHEK TV, Odjick gave an update on his health, as he was first diagnosed with a rare heart disease called amyloidosis in 2014 that later hospitalized him again in 2020.
“Everything’s in remission, so touch wood that it stays that way,” he said. “You really appreciate life when you get sick like that; you don’t take life for granted anymore.”