We hate learning about people passing away and if your a fan of the NHL this one might hit home. New York Islander fans might be hurting after learning this. Especially seeing this player was a fan favorite.
A former NHL player has tragically died at the age of 52.
Gino Odjick, who once led the league in penalty minutes, died at a Vancouver hospital.
He reportedly died of a heart attack. He spent 12 seasons in the league playing on four different teams.
“In 2014, Odjick was diagnosed with a disease that attacks the organs and the heart, called amyloidosis,” Fox News reported.
“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,” the New York Islanders announced.
“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,” Canucks chairman and governor Francesco Aquilini said in a statement. “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.”