Canucks fans plan rally outside Vancouver General Hospital to cheer up Gino Odjick

One of the most beloved Vancouver Canucks in the team's history will hear a familiar chant more than a decade after his retirement.

Fans will gather outside Vancouver General Hospital at 1 p.m. on Sunday (June 29) to shout "Gino! Gino!" to encourage Gino Odjick as he battles a terminal heart condition.

In an open letter, the 43-year-old former Canucks enforcer revealed that he has AL amyloidosis, which produces abnormal protein deposits, and he may have only weeks left to live.

He also stated that in his heart, he will always be a Canuck and he would once again love to hear the "Gino! Gino!" cheers.

Yesterday, the former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations, Bob Watts, told the Straight that Odjick has been a stellar role model, often visiting aboriginal communities to inspire kids.

"He came and talked to them about suicide prevention, living a good life, being a good person, being a good contributor to your community," Watts said. "He was an inspirational figure. The kids loved him."

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