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Last week, former Canuck Gino Odjick devasted his fans with news that he was battling a terminal illness, and could have as little as a few weeks left to live.
"In my heart, I will always be a Canuck and I have always had a special relationship here with the fans," he said. "Your 'Gino, Gino' cheers were my favourite. I wish I could hear them again."
And on Sunday, hundreds of fans granted his wish, camping out outside the Vancouver General Hospital to show their support and once again chant his name.
Hearing the chants, Odjick came down to greet them. The former Canuck was wheeled outside, then stood, waved to the crowd, and thanked the fans. He looked weak. But the moment was incredibly powerful.
But Gino chants weren't just outside the hospital. Gino got chants all across Canada. Over in Quebec, the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, an Algonquin band, cheered for one of their own:
"It means a lot to him," his son, Joey Odjick, told the Vancouver Sun. "He has always been a very tough fighter. This has beem the hardest battle he's had so far, and he's ready to fight this.
"And for all of these people to come out and be chanting his name really helps him."