Report: Gino Odjick hospitalized; lingering concussion issues

Cam Charron
December 03 2013 12:34AM

This popped up in Le Journal de Montreal Monday night. Translation mine:

Gino Odjick is going through some difficult times. Last week, he attended his father's funeral. This weekend, he was admitted to hospital for problems related to concussions he sustained during his hockey playing career.

That all fell under the headline GINO ODJICK NEEDS HELP. Being Sun Media you can expect some clickbait with regard to titles, but the full story from Montreal journalist Marc Foy is pretty serious.

Just after the story came out, a Twitter search led me to a YouTube video of Odjick on RDS' l'Antichambre, either the day before or after his father's death. RDS quickly pulled the video. My french is a little spotty when it isn't spoken clearly, but it's obvious that the ex-Canuck fighter is speaking incoherently here. That appearance was mentioned in Foy's full story, obtained via Don FalconerThe full copy of the story in French can be found here. Don did a Google Translate of the full post to English (found here) but those aren't perfect. Here are some of the relevant bits below (again, translation mine):

Odjick was brought in a very agitated state to the psychiatric ward at the Pierre-Janet hospital Centre, in Gatineau…

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Odjick always supposed that none of his concussions were the result of the numerous fights he took part in as his role as an enforcer. There's reason to doubt this claim.

Also, In an interview he gave me during the frame of the revelations surrounding Chris Nilan two years ago, he confessed to being afflicted with post-traumatic sequences.

"When you get hit in the head a lot, it's hard for the brain," he had said.

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Odjick didn't seem in too bad a state when I went to see him at the hospital yesterday evening.

"I'm here for my concussions," he said.

"Since I retired in 2002, I've spent 32 months at the hospital."

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People that know him know that he has cognitive difficulties.

Those that don't know him saw him during his failed appearance on L'Antichambre last week.

A website reported that he was on drugs. It's the image that projects generally on somebody in Odjick's state. He had difficulties with delivery, displaying incoherent, troubling behaviour.

From the rest of the story, it seems that Odjick is in denial about his problems, and gave the reporter false information that he'd been allowed to check out of the hospital, but Dr. Vincent Lacroix denied Odjick's claim right before the start of Monday's Habs-Devils game.

So this is some bad news. Odjick looked great at Pavel Bure's jersey retirement ceremony just a month ago, happy and personable, so this news could come as a bit of a shock to fans. Best of luck to Gino and we wish him the best and good health. I don't think any of us have watched a Canuck in our lifetimes that gave more to the team than Gino did.

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Cam Charron is a BC hockey fan that writes about hockey on many different websites including this one.
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#1 elvis15
December 03 2013, 01:11AM
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Hope he's alright!

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#2 Joel
December 03 2013, 09:23AM
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Gino used to come into the Starbucks I worked at, and he just seemed entirely different than the persona that I saw on the ice or in front of the camera. I think he is a showman in the public spotlight, but in his private life, I wouldn't be surprised if he is dealing with some issues, perhaps none more significantly than his health from getting his head smashed repeated times by fighters. =( Wish him the best!

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#3 Ted
December 03 2013, 09:24AM
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Sad to see and hear this news. Hopefully he gets through this and comes out OK!

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#4 Nat
December 03 2013, 09:59AM
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I'll leave my personal opinions about fighting for another day, and just say that I wish him the best.

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#5 Josh
December 03 2013, 10:35AM
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Gino's Antichambre interview is still available on rds.ca - http://www.rds.ca/vid%C3%A9os/la-solution-c-est-l-abolition-3.895795.

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#6 J21
December 03 2013, 02:41PM
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I work just a few blocks from where he was admitted. Would love to deliver a card or something. :(

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#7 Josh
December 03 2013, 05:25PM
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God this is so, so sad. Terrible. By all accounts (including primary accounts), one of the nicest people one could ever meet. Just terrible. Hope he gets better.

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#8 gloria webber
December 04 2013, 01:56PM
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So sorry and sad to hear about Gino.He was my favorite player during his hockey career and after,have his 25 annniversary jersey.He used to come into a local bar and sit with us,he was just one of the locals and a real genuine down to earth guy. I wish all the very Best to him and hope he gets well soon.

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