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PHT Morning Skate: Former NHLer Gino Odjick has a terminal disease

Jun 27, 2014, 8:02 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Former NHL forward Gino Odjick has been diagnosed with AL amyloidosis, a rare terminal disease. He wrote a letter to the fans to talk about his condition. (

There’s plenty of trade rumors involving the Winnipeg Jets’ Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. (Winnipeg Sun)

Kasperi Kapanen thinks getting a chance to play in Finland after his father, ex-NHLer Sami Kapanen, moved them there from South Jersey, ended up helping his game. (CSN Philly)

The interview process between teams and young prospects plays an important role in determining who squads take. Among other things, the players are subjected to written psychological tests. (Edmonton Sun)

With the Detroit Red Wings embracing a youth movement, GM Ken Holland is upbeat about the 2014 draft. (Detroit Free Press)

Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman thinks he’ll be able to find players that can make it to the NHL throughout the 2014 draft, although he doesn’t expect any of the guys he takes to have an immediate impact. (CSN Chicago)

  1. patthehockeyfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Odjick’s news is heartbreaking. I can only wish him peace.

    To grant his wish: GINO!! GINO!!

    Too sad for words.

  2. theageofquarrel - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    GINO!! GINO!! GINO!!!
    One very tough hombre!!!!
    Thoughts are with you Gino

  3. kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Gino played with heart and honesty.the guy was solid in the character department, unlike some guys…

  4. phtjoey - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Shocking news. I never come to this site expecting to read about the tragedy of a member of the hockey family.

    This sucks big time……

  5. obamareallysucks - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    guy was a goon on the ice, nothing more. still sad to see him get this disease. though, you sports morons only care about your sports idols catch this awful predicament. what about the others across the globe that have this problem. don’t hear you lamenting them!

    • JoeAvg - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      If you could string a sentence together someone might actually think twice about what you’re saying. As it is, we’ll just chalk you up as a product of de-evolution.

    • buffbry - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      hey moron this is a “sports site”. If you really cared about everyone else the way you say you do then go to msn, or cnn and voice your opinion there. But for the rest of your life stay away from sports sites since you obviously take offense to us talking about sports players. IDIOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      First of all, replace ‘obama’ with your own name in your screen name. That would be more accurate.

      Secondly, the disease is extremely rare, with approximately 10,000 cases worldwide. If it’s so important to you for us to lament the fate of these nameless, unknown people, so be it. It’s sad for them, too.

      For us, though, this is a name and a person to whom we relate. We are not sports morons, you moron. We’re sports fans, and our expressing sadness about the news of someone we watched and cheered is understandable. Too bad you’re heartless and can’t relate.

      Gino Odjick is a husband and a father. His family is part of the entire hockey family, and our thoughts go out to them, too.

      If you don’t like what you read here, you are certainly free to comment. Frankly, though, your words paint a picture of an unhappy person without a heart or a soul. I feel sorry for you.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        First, Obama does suck.

        Second, add your name to that guys name

        Third, I agree with the rest of your comment.

  6. thesportsjudge - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Iowa02 and ibieiniid, now THIS is a guy to feel for.

    For those that may not know, there was a story yesterday(06-26-14) about LeCavalier possibly being traded, and I said I didn’t feel bad for him because he is an aging, on the decline hockey player.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Wow, I guess people have some real reading comprehension deficiencies.

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