Found October 09, 2011 on
Rick Rypien never played a game for the Winnipeg Jets. He was found dead in his Alberta home on Aug. 15 after signing with the Jets as a free agent in July, having played for the Vancouver Canucks and their AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose (now the Jets' farm team) in 2010-11.
It's with an impressive amount of class that the Jets have treated Rypien like family since then — honoring him with a sticker on their helmets and with a moving tribute before their first home game against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday:
That's Rypien's mother Shelley out three with Jets owners Mark Chipman and David Thomson, as well as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for the ceremonial puck drop.
To take time out of what was a pregame ceremony of unparalleled joy for the fans in the building to remember a tragedy was a commendable, impressive move by the Jets.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
There's a good reason Manitoba Moose banners still hang above the ice at MTS Centre.
In the eyes of the man who persuaded the NHL to come back to Winnipeg, the Jets team that takes the ice for Sunday's opener is more of an extension of the American Hockey League franchise than the original Winnipeg Jets.
''When we acquired this team, we had 125 people working for...
We get it, Winnipeg. You're excited to have a hockey team back. Now, it appears that even the Canadian government is joining in on the celebration surrounding the Jets' return to Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper and the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled commemorative 50-cent coins created with the Winnipeg Jets logo that will sell for either $14.95 or, for one of...
Hockey fans in Winnipeg seem to have forgiven Gary Bettman.
Once villified in the city after the original Winnipeg Jets left town, the NHL commissioner had his name chanted in the concourse of MTS Centre on Sunday while doing a radio interview before the second generation Jets played their first game against the Montreal Canadiens.
It was such an unusual occurrence, he wasn'...
There's a good reason Manitoba Moose banners still hang above the ice at MTS Centre. In the eyes of the man who persuaded the NHL to come back to Winnipeg, the Jets team that takes the ice for Sunday's opener is more of an extension of the American Hockey League franchise than the original Winnipeg Jets.
They're back. Not just the Winnipeg Jets - their thousands upon thousands of loyal fans, many of whom descended on the MTS Centre in the city's downtown to take in the team's first game in over 15 years.
The Winnipeg Jets’ season opens this afternoon. Fans decked out in Jets gear, old and new, have been streaming downtown for hours, pre-gaming the pre-game and getting ready for what will undoubtedly be a historic day for this city.
Continue reading "Go time"
MANCHESTER, NH – Center Riley Holzapfel scored the lone goal of the game leading the St. John’s IceCaps to a 1-0 victory over the Manchester Monarchs at Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.
Manchester (1-1-0-0) ...
The NHL returned to Winnipeg with a cold reminder of the challenge that lies ahead. Carey Price stopped 30 shots and the Montreal Canadiens put a damper on a massive civic celebration with a 5-1 victory over the Jets on Sunday. The return of big-league hockey to the city had fans celebrating in the streets hours before the puck was dropped and horns honking outside the MTS Centre throughout the...
It was a long wait, but the NHL is ready to make an official return to Winnipeg.
The NHL returned to Winnipeg with a cold reminder of the challenge that lies ahead.