It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of former Islanders winger Gino Odjick, who passed away at age 52. This news was shared on Facebook by his sister Dina.
“Our hearts are broken,” Dina wrote. “My brother Gino Odjick has left us for the spirit world,” with two heart emojis attached to the end of her message.
After replacing the bandages on his legs, Odjick experienced a heart attack while at a Vancouver medical clinic, according to the Montreal Gazette.
In 2014, Sportsnet reported that he had been diagnosed with amyloidosis, a condition which viciously “attacked his organs and his heart.”
On Sunday night, three NHL teams that had the honor of hosting Gino Odjick over his 12-year career — The Islanders, Canucks and Canadiens — released touching tributes in remembrance after he passed away.
“The New York Islanders are deeply saddened to learn the passing of a former family member, Gino Odjick,” the team wrote on Twitter. “The team extends our condolences to the Odjick family and friends.”
In 1998, the Vancouver Canucks swapped Odjick for Jason Strudwick when they traded him to the islanders. Over the next three years, he played a total of 82 games with them and generated 22 points as well as 254 penalty minutes. Following his success in New York, he was then sent off to Philadelphia where he continued playing professionally until retiring from hockey in 2005.
As Sportsnet reported, Odjick set the Canucks’ record for most penalty minutes in history with an astounding 2,127. During his 1996-97 season – which featured 70 of Odjick’s 605 NHL games – he even led the entire league by amassing a whopping 371 penalty minutes!
The New York Islanders are deeply saddened to learn the passing of former family member, Gino Odjick. The team extends our condolences to the Odjick family and friends. pic.twitter.com/USnJpOGI77
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 16, 2023
“Gino was a fan-favorite from the moment he joined the organization, putting his heart and soul into every shift on and off the ice,” Canucks chairman and governor Francesco Aquilini stated. “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.”