|Born||May 16, 1984
Coleman, AB, CAN
|Died||August 13, 2011
Crowsnest Pass, AB, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||Vancouver Canucks|
He was a very tough player and used to play for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL), who were the Canucks partner in the AHL. Rypien played four seasons with the Regina Pats, a junior team in the Western Hockey League (WHL) before going to the Moose in 2005. The following season he started playing for the Canucks. He has been injured a lot in the NHL and has missed many games because of that.
He signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets but he died before training camp. His body was found in his home on August 15, 2011 by police. His death was later confirmed to be a suicide Rypien had struggled with clinical depression throughout his career.
Career statistics[change | change source]
|2001–02||Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves||AJHL||57||12||10||22||143||—||—||—||—||—|
References[change | change source]
- "Hundreds attend funeral for NHLer Rick Rypien". The Globe and Mail. 2011-08-20. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/hundreds-attend-funeral-for-nhler-rick-rypien/article2136233/. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
- "Canucks honor deceased enforcer Rick Rypien". USA Today. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2011-10-18/vancouver-canucks-rick-rypien/50819104/1. Retrieved 2014-10-6.