One of Vancouver’s all-time favourite Canucks is reportedly struggling with brain injuries suffered during his 12-year career as an NHL enforcer. Gino Odjick, 43, was admitted to the psychiatric wing of a hospital in Gatineau, Que., on the weekend to be treated for symptoms of multiple concussions, according to a report by Marc de Foy of Le Journal de Montreal. Just a few days earlier, Odjick had laid his father to rest. Odjick was said to be “agitated” upon admission to hospital. According to the report, Odjick confessed to de Foy in 2011 that he had been struggling with post-traumatic symptoms, and is known by friends to have cognitive difficulties. “When you eat head shots, it’s hard on the brain,” de Foy quotes Odjick as saying in that 2011 interview. The Algonquin Enforcer, who recently appeared in a French-language documentary about former NHL enforcers and their health problems, also told de Foy he has spent 32 months in hospital since retiring in 2002. Brain injuries have been making sports news frequently this year. In August, the NFL reached a $765-million settlement with former players who had sued the league seeking compensation for their brain injuries. That legacy is chronicled in a book and documentary called League of Denial. Then, just over a week ago, 10 former pro hockey players filed a class-action lawsuit against the NHL for similar reasons, a claim that has quickly grown to include 200 plaintiffs. Odjick looked happy and dapper during a public appearance at Rogers Arena on Nov. 2 when his buddy Pavel Bure had his number retired by the Canucks. He received a loud ovation from the crowd during his introduction. Odjick was a huge fan favourite during his playing days, when he served as Bure’s protector and took a regular shift.
Ex-Canuck Gino Odjick admitted to psychiatric wing of Quebec hospital
Vancouver Province | Dec 4