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 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...
Credit: Geoffery Kehrig/Flickr
The summer of 2011 was a tough one for the hockey community. Fans, teams and players alike were forced to mourn the loss of many National Hockey League (NHL) players, some of them teammates. The toughest part for this tight-knit community was the fact that some of these losses could have potentially been avoided. It’s known that one of those players...
The North Side Raiders look like little men as they take the field for their Pee Wee football game in the opening scene of ''Head Games,'' their shoulder pads and helmets dwarfing the rest of their small bodies.
Only the Raiders aren't little men and, the film argues, the games they're playing could do irreparable damage to their brains.
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2012
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...
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.
The Canucks are now 2/3 of the way through their six game road trip and things are going fairly well overall.
Many people are talking about this team right now so I’ve compiled for you a list of the best Canucks blogs/articles/stories from across the interwebs for your reading delight.
What are the smokin’ hot NWSB staff saying?
We rock your socks off with our...
I missed this on Saturday night because I was busy fussing around getting my game meal ready but this is a really touching interview that Elliotte Friedman did for HNIC's Inside Hockey segment with Wes Rypien, Rick Rypien's brother.
Let's not stop promoting the website that lives on in his legacy, visit mindcheck.ca if you haven't ever done so.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader wants to ban fighting in the National Hockey League.
Nader, who is founder of the League of Fans —a group that encourages social and civic responsibility in sports — wrote an open letter to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman saying, “it’s time to ban fighting and outlaw all blows to the head.”
“Fighting in hockey can no longer be a long-debated...
It’s Wednesday morning and Canucks fans are of course ________ about last night’s result. You fill in the blank and leave it in the comments section below!
Anyhow, while you’re sipping your morning java, HAVE A glance at all the Canucks blogs from recent days and nights.
I will say in advance, YOU’RE WELCOME.
For this morning’s links, myself on behalf of NWSB...
ESPN SportsCenter dedicates roughly the time it will take you to finish this sentence to the NHL on a nightly basis. That established, we didn't expect to see much coverage of hockey on SportsCenter's 2011 Year In Review, which debuted this week; but we did expect to see the stories that transcended hockey to receive their due.
So when it came time to honor those figures...
It seems like there’s a new player every night suffering a concussion in the NHL. It’s something that people can’t stop talking about and with all the noise, there’s confusion. The debate itself is beginning to feel like a headache- or we could all be concussed by all this talking. Everyone’s getting in on the debate too- fans, players, doctors, owners, analysts, and...
Tim Wharnsby of CBC lists his Top 10 Hockey Stories of the past year, followed by a little blurb on each story.
I am just going to list his Top 5 but you can read the rest here.
1. Sidney Crosby and the NHL’s concussion saga
2. Return of the Winnipeg Jets
3. The deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak
4. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash
5. Vancouver riot
If I approached you and told you that you should look into seeing a counselor, would you be offended? Would you quickly dismiss the notion and become uncontrollably defensive? And would you join the millions out there who think seeing a counselor is only for the "crazy" people?
It was reported from the Boston Herald this morning that former NHL player, coach, and general...
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...
[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...
This offseason was a tragic one for the NHL, KHL, and global hockey. The tragic deaths of former Ranger Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien, Wade Belak, and the entire KHL Locomotiv squad –which included many former NHLers– have been acknowledged league wide with moments of silence and video tributes. However for MSG, the tragedies were only met with a TV timeout montage. This, in short...
Richard Hodges tells us that Vancouver Canucks Kevin Bieksa is having a pretty hard time of late. His best friend Rick Rypien after all passed away this summer. The two become close during their years in Manitoba, it was Bieksa who pumped Rypien's tires after Rick's NHL debut.
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…
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.
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...
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 6 matchup between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. Despite the return of Ryan Kesler to the Canucks’ lineup the home team was unable to manage the puck behind Henrik Lundqvist who pitched an impressive 40-save shutout from the Rangers’ crease. Hightlight on Rick Rypien night was Kevin Bieksa fighting Brandon Dubinsky.
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...
Via AP on Fox
October 19, 2011
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.
Image via WikipediaThis 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...