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It’s been 12 years since Canucks fan favourite Gino Odjick played in the NHL. He was a left-winger known for fighting, not goal scoring (he scored just 64 goals in his 12 NHL seasons). Odjick spent 2567 minutes in the penalty box, putting him in the 17th spot for career penalty minutes.
Today, Odjick’s fight is with mental illness. He says his condition is linked to the pounding he took on the ice. “When you eat headshots, it’s hard on the brain,” says Odjick. He’s spent nearly three years in hospitals across the country since retiring in 2002. He’s only 43 years old.
Odjick’s appearance at Pavel Bure’s jersey retirement ceremony last November drew attention to his current condition.