Gino Odjick Cause Of Death, Age, Wife, Children, Net Worth, Funeral, Obituary

Gino Odjick

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Gino Odjick was born on September 7, 1970, until his death on January 15, 2023, at age 52. He was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1990 to 2002 for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens. Of Algonquin heritage, he was known as an enforcer during his playing career, and was nicknamed the “Algonquin Assassin”.

Early life

Wayne Gino Odjick was born on September 7, 1970, in an Algonquin Native Reserve named Kitigan Zibi just outside the town of Maniwaki, Quebec. His father, Joe, was born in 1939 at Rapid Lake to Basil, a trapper and fishing guide, who was later killed in France in 1944 during the Second World War, and Marie-Antoinette Marchand, who was part-French. At the age of nine Joe was sent to a residential school in Spanish, Ontario.

The registration number he was given at the school, 29, was later used by Odjick during his playing career. Odjick was the fourth child and only son of six children for Joe and Giselle, after Debbie, Shelley, Judy and ahead of Janique and Dina; there were also several foster children raised by the Odjicks, at least 32. Originally named Wayne, Odjick was soon given a new name, Gino, as the family found out there was another Wayne on the reserve.

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From an early age Odjick played hockey, but it was not until he was 11 that he joined an organized team, which would be managed by Joe. He played in the 1983 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Maniwaki. Until he was 15 Odjick stayed with local teams that mainly played other teams from reserves, often coached by his father.

At that age, considering quitting hockey to pursue other activities, Odjick accepted a try-out for the Hawkesbury Hawks, a Tier II junior team from Ontario; though he had been a defensive defenceman until that point, Odjick soon realized that his skills were not good enough, and instead became an enforcer. It was while in Hawkesbury that Odjick was first given the nickname “the Algonquin Assassin,” a reference to his heritage and skills as a fighter. He credited his sense of defending his team and fighting skills in part due to racial tensions between natives of the reserve and nearby townspeople.

Playing career

Gino Odjick was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fifth round (86th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. His primary role with the Canucks was as an enforcer. For part of his time in Vancouver, he played on a line with the high-scoring Pavel Bure. For the 1993–94 NHL season, Odjick had a career-high of 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points. He played in a total of 8 seasons for the Canucks from 1990–91 to 1997–98. During six of those seasons, he had over 200 penalty minutes and twice he had over 300.

Odjick’s sixth season (1997–98) with over 200 penalty minutes was split between the Canucks (181 penalty minutes in 35 games) and New York Islanders (31 in 13 games). In the 1997–98 season, Odjick was traded to the New York Islanders and played there until 1999–2000 when he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. He left Philadelphia during 2000–01 for the Montreal Canadiens. His last NHL season was with Montreal in 2001–02.

He missed most of the 2002–03 season due to concussion from a puck hitting him in the back of the head during pre-season practice, and was subsequently suspended in February 2003 by the Canadiens for failure to report to the minor-league AHL team in Utah. He retired from professional hockey thereafter, his last known organized hockey coming in 2005, when he played on the Horse Lake Thunder team featuring several hired ringers, including ex-NHLers Theo Fleury, Sasha Lakovic and Dody Wood, which made it to the semi-finals of the 2005 Allan Cup.

Gino Odjick moved back to Vancouver in 2003 and partnered with the Musqueam First Nation to manage the Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy. Odjick starred in the 2014 Canadian short film Ronny Nomad and the Legendary Napkins of Wood written and produced by Adrian Patterson. On June 26, 2014, Odjick revealed that he was diagnosed with the rare terminal disease AL amyloidosis

Al amyloidosis is a rare blood disorder and its exact cause is often unknown, according to Dr. Diego Delgado, a cardiologist at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. This condition had slowly been hardening his heart by coating it in abnormal protein deposits, which eventually led to Odjick suffering a heart attack. He received the Indspire Award in the sports category in 2015. Despite being given just months to live, Odjick turned to an experimental new treatment for his illness, prior to his death. He died on January 15, 2023.

Gino Odjick cause of death

Gino Odjick died on January 15, 2023, from a heart attack after a long battle with amyloidosis, a heart condition that he was diagnosed with in 2014. Having three bouts with the disease, most recently in 2022, he underwent chemotherapy, which led to him gaining weight and retaining water. In December, he developed an infection in his leg, which required bandages as part of his treatment. His long-time friend, Peter Leech, drove Odjick to have bandages on his legs replaced, but there were no signs of any heart distress until the last minute.

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As Leech told Postmedia, “I was there for the whole thing…“He had a heart attack, couldn’t recover from it. We knew this day was going to come, we didn’t know when. We were hoping much later.” Leech said that Odjick collapsed moments after being called in for his appointment. The nurses at the clinic moved immediately to treat him and were joined by firefighters and paramedics in short order.


Gino Odjick was married to his wife Jolene Odjick, they had their wedding in Canada. Odjick’s parents, Joe and Marie-Antoinette, predeceased him. He leaves eight children and five sisters.

Gino Odjick net worth

How much was Gino Odjick worth? Gino Odjick net worth was estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income was from his primary profession as a former ice hockey player. Gino Odjick’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $500,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He was one of the richest and most influential former ice hockey players in Canada. Odjick stood at an appealing height of 1.91m and had a good body weight which suited his personality.