Wayne Gino Odjick born September 7, 1970 in Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, an Algonquin Native Reserve outside the town of Maniwaki, Quebec. Odjick is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens.
Gino has been diagnosed with a form of Amyloidosis, which is a disease that occurs when substances called amyloid proteins build up in organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein usually produced by cells in the bone marrow that can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Amyloidosis can affect different organs in different people, and there are different types of amyloid. Amyloidosis frequently affects the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract.
Gino was being treated in a Vancouver hospital but has recently traveled back east via medical flight. He is now at a heart institute in Ontario. We are very optimistic about the treatment he is now receiving.
Our family is seeking support to offset expenses. Donations are welcomed.
Gino played against me in the minors and I hated him then. I met him again when he played in Laval and I saw how much this guy is a GREAT HUMAN BEING off the ice. My prayers are with you always... Be Gino Strong...
I am 43 and from Maniwaki.
When you were a minor hockey player in Mki, my family's favorite local player wasn't Simon, Brad or Rock (all good players too)... It was Gino!!! and we've always been very proud of you, for your accomplishments.
Gino, I am, again today, very proud of you. Your strength and determination is an example, for us all, to follow. I wish that you can show all those docs that their prognosis is wrong and you get to live for many more years!!
Fight Gino, Fight!!!
You are a hero.... A legend....