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Gino Odjick remembered: Musqueam holds celebration of life for Canucks fan favourite

The celebration of life starts at 2 p.m. and is live streamed on the Musqueam Indian Band's Facebook page.

Gino Odjick's supporters rally outside Vancouver General Hospital on June 29, 2014.
Gino Odjick's supporters rally outside Vancouver General Hospital on June 29, 2014. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

Beloved Vancouver Canucks enforcer Gino Odjick’s achievements on and off the ice are being remembered at a celebration of life on Saturday.

The event is organized by the Musqueam Indian Band and live streamed on its Facebook page.

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Odjick died on Jan. 15 of a heart attack. He was 52.

According to longtime friend Peter Leech, Odjick was at a Vancouver medical clinic that day to have bandages on his leg replaced, and there were no signs of any heart distress until the last minute.

Odjick collapsed moments after he was called in for his appointment at the clinic.

The Canucks player was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called amyloidosis, which causes protein deposits in the heart.

Odjick was one of the team’s most beloved players, known for his readiness to drop the gloves for his teammates.

After his death, the City of Vancouver flew its flag at half mast in honour of his death.

Odjick  wore jersey 29, a tribute to his father, who was a residential school survivor.

More to come…