Monday evening brought extremely sad news to the hockey world. Rick Rypien was dead at the age of 27. Rypien signed with the Manitoba Moose late in the 2004-2005 season and spent six years with the Vancouver Canucks. He had earned a reputation as a tough fighter, but behind the scenes he battled personal demons which forced him to take two extended leaves of absence from the Canucks organization prior to his departure in 2011.
Remembering Rick Rypien today - August 15. Forever a Canuck #37 Unfortunately, some of the links are no longer working however those that are still intact are well worth reading.