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Winnipeg Jets Commemorate Rick Rypien, Raise Mental Health Awareness (Photo)

The Winnipeg Jets will all be wearing Rick Rypien jerseys when they take the ice for warmups before their game against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Rypien, who spent six years in the Vancouver Canucks organization before signing a one-year deal with the Jets in 2011, never played a game with the Winnipeg club, but they certainly embrace him as one of their own. After...
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Liberté, égalité, fraternité – The NHL and LGBT rights

RIP Ryp Rick Rypien passed away two years ago this month. The former Canuck and Winnipeg Jet died of an apparent suicide after a long battle with depression. On June 11, 2013 the federal Russian legislature passed a law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”. If you think these two events are not linked, you are mistaken. Suicide is a leading cause of death...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Rick Rypien – My favourite Canuck of all time

Miss You Ryp! In the depths of my worst NHL hockey withdrawals I think back to a happier time when players dashed and skates flashed, and a good portion of my memories involve Rick Rypien. Of all the Vancouver NHL’ers to leave a mark over the years Rypien’s determination on and off the ice resonates with me more than any other player. It isn’t about the goals, assists, or...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 04, 2012  |  1 Comment

Rick Rypien memorial defeaced by Bieber fan, cleaned by Canucks fan

Via Reddit's /r/Canucks channel comes this tale of defacement and redemption. It seems that Vancouverites are amazingly good at cleaning up graffiti, especially with the practice some got after the Stanley Cup riots in 2011. This time the cause of the graffiti was something more devastating than the Canucks losing the Cup. It was due to... Justin Beiber. And it was on a memorial...
Via Bloguin Best
October 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Moments in time: Canucks fans remember the fearless Rick Rypien

RIP Ryp #ForeverACanucks #37RYP It has been one year since the tragic and untimely passing of Rick Rypien. The scrappy Canucks forward took his own life in his Coleman, Alberta home one year ago today. Rypien often described as a caring a gentle person had struggled with depression for well over ten years. He took two lengthy leaves of absence from the Canucks to deal with his personal...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
August 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Rypien suffers from memory loss

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien suffers from persistent memory loss and struggles with tasks that used to be routine, The Washington Times reported. The 49-year-old is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL from more than 100 ex-players, who argue the league was aware of the dangers of concussions and concealed the information from players for many years. Rypien...
Via Fox Sports
March 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Consistency An Issue In Vancouver

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun, The problem so far, as the Stanley Cup finalists stumble along at 7-7-1, is that the players’ intensity and enthusiasm for their work seems entirely predicated on the opponent. If it’s the hated Blackhawks, Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals or the New York Rangers on Rick Rypien Night, the Canucks are inspired. If it’s the Blues...
Via Kukla's Korner
November 07, 2011  |  Discuss

Photographic Tribute: Remembering Ryp

[Editor's Note: Despite the black and white photo and "Remembering Ryp" headline, he's alive and quite well.  It's just a tribute.] As the Redskins prepare for their first regular season international contest in the land of Shania Twain and igloos, it’s important to look back and honor the greatest Canadian in Redskins history: Mark Rypien. Mark Rypien was...
Via Redskins Blog
October 30, 2011  |  Discuss
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