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.
The club showed the video before its game against the New York Rangers. The Canucks also announced they will make a $50,000 donation in Rypien's name to BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
Rypien wasn't one to seek such attention.
''He wouldn't like it,'' said defenseman Kevin Bieksa, a close friend who assisted Rypien while he was on leave from the Canucks in recent seasons. ''He didn't like the spotlight. He didn't like people worrying about him and making a big deal about things.''
During the ceremony, Bieksa presented Rypien's game-worn jersey from their 40th anniversary celebration to Rypien's brother, Wes Rypien Jr. Bieksa received a long hug from Rypien's mother and hugged Rypien's father, stepmother, ...