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Gino Odjick: First Nations community where Odjick grew up in mourning – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on January 17, 2023100 Views

Jan. 17, 2023

Residents of an Indigenous community north of Ottawa are remembering late NHLer Gino Odjick as a hometown hero.

Odjick died Sunday at the age of 52 from a rare disease that attacked his heart. He was born in the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, just outside Maniwaki, Que., and went on to play 12 seasons in the NHL, suiting up for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens.

His impact on the community was far-reaching.

A signed jersey from Odjick’s time with the Canadiens hangs at the Kitigan Zibi Kikinamadinan School. A poster of him sits just outside the gymnasium. In the gym is a banner with a quote from Odjick.

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