Former Canucks enforcer diagnosed with terminal heart disease

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Former Canucks enforcer diagnosed with terminal heart disease

In an open letter on the Vancouver Canucks website, Gino Odjick is letting fans know  he may have months or perhaps weeks to live after being diagnosed with a rare disease.

The former Canucks enforcer says he was diagnosed with  AL amyloidosis, a terminal heart disease, a few days after  Pat Quinn was inducted into the Canucks’ Ring of Honour.

He says he has been in hospital under supervision since learning of his condition.

In the letter, Odjick says he feels lucky to have had such great support over the years, and says while he has played in other cities, he will always be a Canuck in his heart.

You can read the full letter here

Meanwhile, fans are planning a rally for the former player,

Organizer George Moschonas writes on the page for the Facebook Group “Rally for Gino Odjick” that people should come out to Vancouver General Hospital on Sunday July 13th to join in a chant of  ”Gino” once again.

In his letter, Odjick wrote how touched he was when fans would cheer his name, and how he wished he could hear it one more time.

The rally is set for 1pm and further details will be posted to the Facebook page.