Posted October 18, 2011 on AP on Fox
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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, ...
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