Former Canadien defenceman Lyle Odelein facing serious health issues

Lyle Odelein, 49, a rugged defenceman who was drafted in the seventh round (141st overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in 1986, is in a Pittsburgh hospital and in seriously ill health, The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reports.

The family of former #NHL defenseman Lyle Odelein – the Blue Jackets’ inaugural captain – asks for your prayers, thoughts and well wishes. Odelein, 49, is facing serious health issues at this hour in a Pittsburgh hospital. No further details, per the family’s wishes. #odie #CBJ

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 29, 2018

The family is not divulging any other details at this time, Portzline says.

After finally cracking the Montreal roster, Odelein spent six seasons with the Canadiens before being traded to New Jersey before the 1996-97 season, a deal that brought enigmatic scorer Stéphane Richer back into the Habs fold.

During his career he played 1,056…

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