16 August 2011
When I made the decision to not post anything all summer, I did not think that my first post back would be on this tragic news. As you may know by now, Rick Rypien was found dead at the age of 27 in his Alberta residence. His new team, the Jets are expected to have a news conference this afternoon about it.
There is not much to say on this matter, other than at the age of 27, it was too soon.
He was a fan favorite at GM Place and the numerous Rypien jersey's at games was a testament to that. I met him once at an event put on by the Canucks and he was nothing but polite and gracious to the fans he spoke with that night. He had an excitement when you spoke to him that showed that he loved to meet with the fans of the team because he loved being a part of this club.
Here is the official statement released by the Canucks:
“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.”