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...
Via NESN.com
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto pub blasts Don Cherry’s concussion comments with billboard

On Nov. 30, 2013, Don Cherry took to the airwaves on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada – wearing what appeared to be a shabby chic down comforter as a jacket – and blasted the former NHL players who are suing the League for the way its handled concussions through the years. “It’s a money grab,” said Cherry, calling the lawsuit ridiculous. “I feel sorry for the guys, but...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Like NFL, former NHL players may sue, but unlikely

Known as ''Mr. Devil,'' Ken Daneyko lost front teeth playing hockey, had a pretty stout fight card, and often displayed ruthless aggression en route to winning the Stanley Cup three times. He laments the fading of the pure ''enforcer'' role, and the on-ice code of justice that was so ingrained in hockey's culture. But Daneyko, who spent 20 years...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2013  |  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

Documentary takes on concussions

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. ''We'...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 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

Saturday Links: Canucks Morning Java

Road Trippin’ 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...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
February 25, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL commissioner asked to ban fighting

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...
February 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Wednesday Morning Links: Canucks Java

Canucks News 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...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Disgrace: ESPN SportsCenter Year in Review snubs hockey tragedies

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...
Via Puck Daddy
December 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Hockey Stories Of The Year

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 For me,...
Via Kukla's Korner
December 20, 2011  |  Discuss

The Secret Level Of Hockey Counseling

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...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 16, 2011  |  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

MSG Brass Fails By Ignoring Boogaard, Locomotiv And Other Tragedies

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...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
October 29, 2011  |  Discuss
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