The letter read like the end.
On June 26, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks distributed through their Twitter feed a note from a franchise legend. It was Gino Odjick. It was not good news.
“Dear friends, teammates, and fans,” it began. What followed were 477 words of heartbreak, from the soul of the man himself. The beloved brawler. The First Nations icon. The fighter who seemed so abruptly to be saying goodbye. “I was just a little old Indian boy from the Rez,” he wrote, but already the pain had set in. Odjick was dying, he shared. The diagnosis: a rare, terminal disease of the heart. “My doctors aren’t sure how long I have to live,” Odjick said. “Initially they thought years, but now they think it could be a lot less. I could be down to months or even weeks.”
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