There’s been a great number of thoughtful and retrospective pieces on Rick Rypien since we learned of his passing late Monday. Here’s just a few that we felt like sharing this morning as we mourn the loss of a young man:
Canucks official statement:
It is with tremendous sadness that the Vancouver Canucks confirm the passing of Rick Rypien. Rick has been a beloved member of the Canucks family for the past six years. Rick was a great teammate and friend to our players, coaches and staff. We send our deepest condolences to the Rypien family at this most difficult time.
Thomas Drance at Canucks Army:
In his time with the Canucks, Rick Rypien was the definition of a warrior, and one of the best technical fighters I’ve ever seen on hockey-skates. His ability to fight larger guys (Rypien was a shade under 6 feet), and not just hold his own – but often win – won him a special place in the hearts of Vancouver Canucks fans.
Harrison of Pass it to Bulis:
Rypien will be given the “former Canuck” label in all formal media reports because he signed with the Winnipeg Jets just under a month and a half ago, but that’s not right. The Vancouver Canucks were the only NHL team he ever suited up for. As far as I’m concerned, Rypien died a Canuck. Mind you, it doesn’t matter who he plays for, because this has nothing to do with hockey. Sometimes we forget that these athletes, skilful, fit and practiced though they may be, are just people — that they struggle with the same problems as anybody, that they’re just as fragile, just as human. It’s absolutely devastating to be reminded in such a sickening fashion. Rick Rypien will be missed and mourned.
A piece from Arctic Ice Hockey on Rypien’s unique fighting style with links to video.
And some other notes that seem a lot less important today:
In defense of Jay Bowumeester. [Flames Nation]
A roundup of news and notes on Drew Doughty. [Jewels From The Crown]
A gallery of the hockey sweaters re-imagined as soccer unis from Reddit Hockey. [Puck Daddy]
Brad Marchand faces a childlike goalie at a charity event (author’s hometown alert!) in Nova Scotia. [NG News]
A great read on the human toll of fighting in the NHL. [Silver Seven]
Zach Bogosian is a big deal in Winnipeg. [Jets Nation]
Hatin’ on Mike Brophy’s brilliance. [Winging it in Motown]
A look at J.S. Giguere’s new Avalanche mask. [InGoal Magazine]
Leeman and Savard have competition for lamest hockey fight ever
Stick tap Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy