Unfortunately, there’s some very sad news to report on this Sunday. Legendary Vancouver Canucks enforcer and fan favorite Gino Odjick has passed away at 52, according to the team.
Odjick played in 444 games with the Canucks between 1990 and 1998 and was a member of the team that reached the 1994 Stanley Cup Final. He made a strong impression after being drafted in the fifth round in 1990, making the team the following year as a 20-year-old and playing 45 games.
Odjick’s best offensive season came during the 1994 run, where he chipped in a career-high 16 goals and 29 points. Throughout stops with the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, and Montreal Canadiens, Odjick maintained a hard-nosed game that resulted in 2,567 career penalty minutes in just 605 NHL games.
Vancouver Canucks chairman Francesco Aquilini spoke on the devastating news:
Gino was a fan-favourite from the moment he joined the organization, putting his heart and soul into every shift on and off the ice. He inspired many and embodied what it means to be a Canuck. Personally, he was a close friend and confidant, someone I could lean on for advice and support. He will be deeply missed.
He will be sorely missed by the Canucks community, and the PHR team sends their absolute best wishes to the Odjick family.
Rest in Peace Gino!!!! You were one of my favorites in the league during my teen age years.
Guy was a fan favourite. Nothing like Pavel Bures best friend beating someone up the same game Pavel gets a goal. Good memories as a kid.
That was a guy who really loved hockey. Rest well, Gino.
Heartfelt condolences to Gino’s family on their loss. He will be missed. Rest In Peace, Gino.
Wasn’t even a Canucks fan and loved Gino. Guy was a gamer. 52 is way too young. RIP
RIP. The game needs more characters like that today.