On January 15, 2023, the hockey world mourned the loss of Wayne “Gino” Odjick. His passing was felt deeply by those who knew him and those who followed his career. In this blog post we will look back at Odjick’s life and legacy as both a hockey player and a man. Keep reading this article to know more about him.
Who was Wayne Gino Odjick?
Wayne Gino Odjick born in the Algonquin reserve of Kitigan Zibi just outside the town of Maniwaki, Quebec, Odjick had a long and illustrious career in the NHL playing for the Canucks, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens. Odjick began his professional hockey career in 1990 when he was drafted into the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks. Over his 12-season NHL career he played for four different teams—the Canucks, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens—and recorded nearly 500 points (assists + goals). Even more impressively, he amassed over 1,800 penalty minutes—an indication of how hard-nosed he was on the ice. He was also well known for his trademark fist pumps after scoring goals or picking up assists.
The Legacy of Number 29
Odjick wore number 29 on all four teams during his NHL career. This number had special significance to him—it was his father’s registration number when he was sent to a residential school in Spanish Ontario at age nine. Odjick would often talk about how proud he was to wear that number as a way to honor his father’s memory.
Off The Ice
But there was much more to Gino than just hockey; off the ice he had an incredibly generous spirit and strong commitment to giving back to his community. He opened up a restaurant near Vancouver called The Gino Odyssey which hosted charity events throughout its time open from 2007–2014. He also created several charities that focused on helping children with disabilities as well as First Nations communities across Canada get access to education and other resources they needed to succeed in life.
How did Wayne Gino Odjick die? What was the cause of his death?
Gino Odjick, a revered hockey tough guy of the NHL, passed away at the age of 52. His death came as a surprise to many, as he had previously been in remission from a rare condition known as amyloidois which had caused protein deposits in his heart. What was the cause of his death remains unknown, however he left behind a legacy that includes being inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and having an arena in Maniwaki, Quebec named after him. Despite his lack of offensive prowess and constant battles with injury, Gino Odjick was widely respected within professional hockey circles for his ability to protect teammates, enforce on-ice justice and engage in entertaining fights.
Wayne Gino Odjick Obituary
Wayne “Gino” Odjick left an indelible mark on the sport of hockey both on and off the ice during his 12-year NHL career. His hard-nosed style of play endeared him to many fans while his generous spirit earned him respect from everyone who knew him personally or professionally. His legacy will live on through those who continue to bear his number 29 proudly in homage not only to their favorite player but also their favorite person; Wayne “Gino” Odjick will be remembered fondly by all whose lives were touched by him throughout his lifetime. Rest in peace Gino – you will be missed! #GINO29FOREVER!