Tonight at the Pacific Coliseum, the Vancouver Giants will honour several local sports heroes as part of their “Heroes of Hastings” tribute before the game. Among those heroes is an all-time Canucks fan favourite, Gino Odjick.
The man simply known as Gino around Vancouver is easily the most popular tough guy in Canucks history and he was their second most popular player during the 90s, behind only Pavel Bure. Not only was Gino a great fighter, but he was fiercely loyal to his teammates and actually developed a unique friendship with Bure during their playing days.
Gino was also a bit of a loose cannon. You never really knew what he was going to do when he got that look in his eye while he was on the ice. This unpredictability was what made him so entertaining and such a fan favourite.
He probably wouldn't last in the NHL today, but Gino Odjick was an absolute beauty during his prime with the Canucks nearly 20 years ago.
Considering he is one of many being honoured tonight at the Vancouver Giants game, I thought it would be a good time to relive some of Gino’s most memorable moments as a Canuck, in no particular order. These include hits, the occasional goal and plenty of fights.