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By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks fan favourite Gino Odjick greeted fans Sunday outside of Vancouver General Hospital, where he is battling a terminal illness.

Vancouver Canucks fan favourite Gino Odjick greeted fans Sunday outside of Vancouver General Hospital, where he is battling a terminal illness.

Canucks fan favourite Gino Odjick was “overwhelmed” by the chants of hundreds of supporters rallying outside Vancouver General Hospital Sunday to wish him well as the former hockey player battles a terminal illness.

Chants of “Gino, Gino, Gino” boomed from a 12th Avenue entrance to the hospital as fans held signs and waved flags.

And as former Canuck No. 29 waded into the crowd to express his thanks, cars stopped and fans rushed across the street to the hospital driveway, completely surrounding the hockey star — who arrived in a wheelchair, but stood up to meet his fans.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed,” he said. “I just wanted to say thank you. I can’t stay too long because I got to get the medication. I really appreciate you guys coming out.”

His son, Joey Odjick, told 24 hours he’s proud of his father’s accomplishments.

“Hopefully he’s going to fight this disease,” he said.

“He really appreciates it a lot. He gave his life, and heart and soul to this organization and to this city ... he’s made (Vancouver) his home now.”

Debbie Sparrow, one of Ojick’s employees at the Musqueum Golf and Learning Academy, described him as a “sweet, honest and generous” boss.

“He’s strong and he believed, and he will not stop believing,” she said.

“He wants everybody to believe even if something’s happening to you.”

 

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