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Rick Rypien found dead in his home

Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:36 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 11:08 pm
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By: Adam Gretz

Terrible news coming out on Monday night as NHL forward Rick Rypien has been found dead in his home according to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.

Rypien, perhaps best known for his role as an enforcer and one of the toughest fighters in the league, spent parts of six seasons in the NHL, all with the Vancouver Canucks, and scored nine goals in 119 games. He also took part in 28 regular season fights in the NHL, as well as many more in the preseason, playoffs and in the minor leagues according to Hockeyfights.com.

He recorded 226 penalty minutes in his NHL career. Earlier this summer he had signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

His career had some tumultous moments, including an incident in Minnesota when he grabbed a fan on his way into the locker room this past season. Back in November, shortly after that incident, Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun (via Bruce Arthur on Twitter) wrote about his off-ice problems and how there was concern within the Canucks organization about him off the ice, and how they were doing everything they could to help him.

Rypien's death comes just a few months after former Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers fighter Derek Boogaard was found dead in his Minnesota home following an accidental drug overdose.

The Vancouver Canucks released a statement late Monday night:

“It is with tremendous sadness that the Vancouver Canucks confirm the passing of Rick Rypien. Rick has been a beloved member of the Canucks family for the past six years. Rick was a great teammate and friend to our players, coaches and staff. We send our deepest condolences to the Rypien family at this most difficult time.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:51 am
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Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

which we don't know because the media isn't doing it's job properly
What makes you think the media isn't doing their job properly?  Because they are not wildly speculating because they dont have any hard facts yet?  What makes you think that you are even entitled to the facts? Or that I'm entitled to them... or that anyone is.  A man died.  A family lost a son.  Friends and teammates lost one of their own.  It wasn't for your entertainment no matter how many hours of airtime ESPN needs to fill.  Let his his family and his friends and his fans mourn in peace and dignity.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

Can't spell dumb, and can't spell Canadians.  So who's really the dumb one?



Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

RIP Mr. Rypien. One of the toughest players in the league and IMO the best pound for pound fighter in the game today.

Gone way too soon. God love ya.



Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

@Mista P. You, sir, are a goof. Even if it turns out it had something to do with drugs (which we don't know because the media isn't doing it's job properly) there is no reason to go around bashing drug policies and international sport. To say (or at least imply) that the athletes in the Olympics don't have to deal with the entertainment aspect of sport is ridiculous, and to open your post with the term "fo show" just shows how truly intelligent you are, and how much people should bother with your opinion.

I hope this story gets some decent coverage, so that some open and honest discussion can be had about the issues affecting these players and our society as a whole. I hate to say it, but even idiots like Mista P have a role to play in opening discussion, even if it's just to show how some people really need to be enlightened on certain things.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:32 am
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

A shame for the family.    It was pretty open that Vancouver's organization did everything they could reasonably do to help him out with some of his previous issues, it must be very upsetting to that organizations' staff and front office depending on the circumstances of his death.    Hopefully something good comes out of the player deaths this year. 



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:47 am
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

Sad to see that another player has passed before his due time. I hope it isn't another drug thing. RIP, Rick.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:25 am
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

Im not going to say anything nasty or mean about a dead man.

All I will say is, all Im going to remember him for was;

His career had some tumultous moments, including an incident in Minnesota when he grabbed a fan on his way into the locker room this past season.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:47 am
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

I wonder if hockey players don't suffer the same sort of head trauma like that suspected in the suicides of NFL players like Dave Duerson. Not saying Rypien committed suicide because I dont' know all the facts, but hockey players get bashed around pretty severly too. Meanwhile your brain is getting slammed against the inside of your skull when you take a blow to the head. It's something the NHL should consider looking into, like the NFL is. RIP Rypien. I'm not a big hockey fan, but the death of any young person like this saddens me.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 8:58 am
 

Rick Rypien found dead in his home

lots of class, Im gonna color you ignorant and useless after that post


tragic story and best wishes to the family


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