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This past summer the NHL
had a horrible summer as the sport lost three former tough guys (Derek Boogaard
, Rick Rypien
and Wade Belak
) to various issues (two to suicide and one to an accidental mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone).
In the after math of the deaths of these three players, many were quick to point to their roles as fighters as a reason that these three people were no longer with us. Two of them (Rick Rypien, Wade Belak) tragically took their own lives and were both dealing with depression issues at the time of their death. According Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa
a former teammate and close friend of Rick Rypien; Rypien loved his role as a fighter.
Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun --- Bieksa is emphatic that Rypien loved his role in hockey and fighting had nothing to do with his mental challenges. He said Rypien's illness was too complicated to be explained away by one event or circumstance, such as the car-accident death nearly a decade ago of Rypien's girlfriend or the constant stream of injuries that slowed his NHL career.
"There were a lot of things going on," Bieksa said. "I felt he was as much my responsibility as anybody's. Looking back now, I wished I'd talked to him a little more in the summer. I thought he was getting better. I knew the severity of it [but] I don't think anyone really thought this would happen."
What I am trying to say here is that maybe before we just the gun here maybe we need to step back and take a look “at all the facts” before we jump to conclusions. We don’t even know if any of the deaths are related, on its face each player’s death could have a different set of circumstances surrounding it. We just don’t know.
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The Vancouver Canucks paid tribute to Rick Rypien before tonight's game against the New York Rangers. The tribute to the Canuck who lost his battle with depression during the off-season was a beautiful one and all involved should be honored.
The Vancouver Canucks honored former teammate Rick Rypien on Tuesday night before they dropped the puck against the New York Rangers. Declaring Tuesday night "Rick Rypien Night," the Canucks played a video tribute to the late Rypien, as a part of an emotional night for many Canucks players. The song the team chose to play during the ceremony was "Superman," by...
The Vancouver Canucks will honor Rick Rypien with a video tribute prior to Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers.
Rypien, who played with the Canucks, committed suicide in the offseason after struggling with depression. He was 27.
The Canucks will also make a $50,000 donation in Rypien's name to BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
"Rick Rypien was dedicated...
CanucksTV had this Rick Rypien tribute prior to tonight's Canucks-Rangers game in Vancouver.
From last night’s pre-game ceremonies—
On a related topic, ESPN’s Roy S. Johnson has a piece out today on the issue of depression among many throughout professional sports.
While the focus of tonight’s match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers is primarily the game itself, there are other—and more important—matters at hand tonight in Vancouver. While the Canucks celebrate the return on Ryan Kesler and NYR hope to get their team on track, the game itself will be set against a more poignant backdrop.
Tonight, the Canucks...
The Vancouver Canucks displayed a very touching tribute to their late center Rick Rypien before they faced off against the New York Rangers
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Canucks paid tribute to former teammate Rick Rypien on Tuesday night with a video honoring the Vancouver enforcer who committed suicide in the offseason after struggling with depression for a decade.
Our man Kevin V. has his pulse on the Vancouver sports beat. He’s back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. The Canucks’ 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Rick Rypien night Tuesday was again blamed on Roberto Luongo, he's back on the horse Thursday night when the Canucks take on the Nashville Predators…
Vancouver, B.C. – The Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) is honouring the memory of long-time Canucks forward Rick Rypien with a gift of $50,000 to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) to develop a website that will help BC youth and ...
These are tough times for NHL fighters.
In recent months, three players known for dropping the gloves - Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak - were found dead. Their deaths sparked debate on the physical and psychological toll fighting takes on the game's enforcers.
And it brought calls from some quarters for fighting to be banned from one of the few sports that doesn...