Gino Odjick, one of NHL's most feared fighters during his 12 seasons in league, dies at 52

Gino Odjick, one of the NHL’s most feared fighters during his 12 years in the league, has died, the Vancouver Canucks announced. He was 52.

Odjick racked up 2,567 regular-season penalty minutes, ranking 17th all time. According to, he had 148 NHL fights. He totaled 1,285 penalty minutes in his

first four seasons and had a career- and league-best 371 minutes in 1996-97. Born in Quebec, the native Algonquin was drafted in the fifth round by the Canucks

in 1990 and became one of the team’s most popular players. From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day.

His fights included one against the St. Louis Blues’ Adam Creighton in which he ended up bare-chested and challenged other players.

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Though Odjick was mostly known for his fists, he scored 16 goals in 1993-94 as he spent time on Canucks star Pavel Bure’s line. Vancouver went to the Stanley Cup Final that

year, losing to the New York Rangers in seven games. Of Odjick’s 64 career goals, 13 were game-winners. "Gino was a fan favorite from the

moment he joined the organization, putting his heart and soul into every shift on and off the ice," Canucks chairman and governor Francesco Aquilini said in a statement. "He

inspired many and embodies what it means to be a Canuck."