Many personal issues. Not respectful to speak of them however.
For sure. Just wondered if there was any. I don't know much about him. I know a lot of us are on edge with entire concussion thing going on. No matter what the reason, just horrible news. God bless the Rypien family.
Rick, as a fan of the Vancouver Canucks, hockey, and most of all, sportsmanship, I will remember you, and I'll never stop wearing your Canucks jersey you signed for me. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Rypien family.
Most passionate player the Canucks had for quite a while, and although it sometimes got him into trouble, I had hoped he never changed.
To Jets fans, I am sorry you won't get to see this awesome player in a Jets uniform. He will be greatly missed.
I can't erase the image of Rypien being interviewed on CBC during the intermission of the Moose-Abbotsford game, it was the fourth game since his return.
He had a genuine smile on his face, he seemed like he was truly enthused about playing hockey again, and he talked about how grateful he was that the Moose had given him a second chance. He just had the look of a guy who had put his demons behind him, and was focused on doing something he loved.
I had been a fan of his since he joined the Moose, he never gave up ever during a shift. Rypien always played bigger than he was and never backed down, not even to Hal Gill!
I had the chance to meet him this spring and he was a great dude, this is a very tough day for hockey.
I had planned to customize a #11 Jets jersey and still plan to do so now in his memory.
R I P #11
Got to watch Rick growing up while he played with the Regina Pats. He was never the most talented guy on the ice, but nobody ever outworked him. Played with his heart on his sleeve and never backed down from anybody. There was never any doubt why he was the captain on that team. Was really looking forward to seeing him pull on that Jets jersey.