Report: Ex-enforcer Odjick admitted to psych ward; cites concussions
Former NHL enforcer Gino Odjick, who spent time with the Vancouver Canucks as an on-ice "bodyguard" for star Pavel Bure, was admitted to the psychiatric ward of a Quebec-area hospital over the weekend, according to a report in The Journal de Montreal.
According to a report from Quebecor Media, Inc., Odjick has suffered health problems since leaving the NHL in 2002, which he blamed on post-concussion issues, including his most recent hospitalization.
"I’m here because of my concussion problems,” Odjick told QMI when reached Monday in the hospital. “Since I retired from hockey in 2002, I’ve spent 32 months in the hospital.”
In recent TV appearances, observers said Odjick appeared to show signs of the post-traumatic symptoms that have plagued other former NHL enforcers.
Odjick, 43, made an appearance last month in Vancouver at the jersey-retirement ceremony for Bure.
Odjick played parts of 14 seasons in the NHL, appearing in 605 regular-season games while accumulating 2,567 penalty minutes. He amassed 371 PIM in 70 games in the 1996-97 season with the Canucks.