Ex-NHLer Gino Odjick may have weeks to live

Former NHL forward Gino Odjick has been diagnosed with AL amyloidosis and may have weeks to live....

Former NHL forward Gino Odjick has been diagnosed with AL amyloidosis and may have weeks to live. (QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

Former NHL forward Gino Odjick may only have weeks to live.

The 43-year-old from Maniwaki, Que., released a letter Thursday night revealing that two months ago he had been diagnosed with AL amyloidosis. The disease is causing his body to produce abnormal protein deposits on his heart.

Doctors initially thought he had years to live, but now think it could be down to months or weeks.

Odjick offered a heartfelt thanks to fans and teammates.

“I feel very fortunate for the support I’ve received over the years. During my career I played in some great NHL cities including, Vancouver, Long Island, Philadelphia and Montreal. In my heart, I will always be a Canuck and I have always had a special relationship here with the fans,” he wrote.

Odjick had made headlines in December 2013 for a different kind of medical issue. He was checked into the psychiatric wing of Pierre-Janet hospital in Gatineau, Que., after showing signs of post-concussion syndrome. At the time, he admitted to having spent 32 months in hospital due to concussion-related issues since retiring in 2002.

A fund has been set up to support travel costs for Odjick’s children and other family members who want be with him in Vancouver.

The Canucks released the tribute video below Thursday in honour of Odjick.


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