Former New York Islanders fan favorite Gino Odjick has died at the age of 52

Former Islanders winger Gino Odjick has died, his sister Dina announced on Facebook. He was 52 years old.

“Our hearts are broken,” Dina wrote on their Facebook page. “My brother Gino Odjick left us for the spirit world,” with two heart emojis at the bottom of her message.

Odjick suffered a heart attack at a medical clinic in Vancouver where he went to have leg bandages replaced, the Montreal Gazette reported.

According to Sportsnet, he was diagnosed with amyloidosis in 2014, which “has attacked his organs and heart.”

The Islanders, Canucks and Canadiens — three teams Odjick played for during his 12-year NHL career — released statements Sunday night following his death.

“The New York Islanders are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former family member Gino Odjick,” the team said in a statement on Twitter. “The team extends our condolences to Odjick’s family and friends.”

Gino Odjick spent part of three seasons with the Islanders.

Gino Odjick spent part of three seasons with the Islanders.


Gino Odjick spent most of his NHL career with the Canucks.

Gino Odjick spent most of his NHL career with the Canucks.


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Gino Odjick's 12-year NHL career included stints with Montreal, Vancouver, Philadelphia and the Islanders.

Gino Odjick’s 12-year NHL career included stints with Montreal, Vancouver, Philadelphia and the Islanders.


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Odjick was acquired by the Islanders in 1998 when the Canucks traded him to Jason Strudwick. He spent parts of the next three seasons in New York. The winger played 13 games in 1997-98, 23 games in 1998-99 and 46 games in 1999-2000 before the team traded him to the Flyers. In 82 total games with the Islanders, Odjick had 22 points and 254 penalty minutes.

According to Sportsnet, Odjick holds the Canucks’ record for most penalty minutes in franchise history with 2,127. He led the NHL with 371 penalty minutes in 1996-97, a season in which he played 70 of his 605 NHL games.

“Gino was a fan favorite from the moment he joined the organization and poured his heart and soul into every shift on and off the ice,” Canucks Chairman and Governor Francesco Aquilini said in a statement. β€œHe inspired many and embodied what it means to be a Canuck. Personally, he was a close friend and confidante, someone I could turn to for advice and support. He will be greatly missed.”

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