Hockey Rick Rypien
August 16, 2011 by staff
Players, including teammates past and present, along with the Players Association NHL executive director Don Fehr have been quick to react through Twitter and other social networks RYPIEN after he was found dead at his home in Coleman, Alberta Monday afternoon. RCMP have determined that a “non-suspicious sudden death.
Fehr said in a statement released by the NHLPA Tuesday morning:
“All the players and the NHLPA staff saddened to learn of passing of Rick. He was a respected member of our Association and will be greatly missed by the entire hockey community. Our sincere condolences to Rick’s family, friends and fans.”
RYPIEN, 27, was popular among fans and in the locker room where he played, even here in Winnipeg with Manitoba Moose. It was signed by the Jets in July to a one-year to 700,000 and said he was excited about his return to Manitoba.
Still struggling with the passage of the New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard May, NHL players have been devastated by the loss of another of his fraternity. Among the reactions:
“It’s sad to hear of Rick RYPIEN. I was looking forward to playing with him in Winnipeg. Thoughts are with his family and friends.” – Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd.
“Incredibly sad news about the death of Rick RYPIEN. One of the toughest players I’ve played against. The thoughts and prayers to his family.” – Eric Fehr, Winnipeg Jets
“Damn … Rick RYPIEN be missed. He was the best man, hanging with him a couple of times VAN … hard as hell too. Thoughts to his fam.” – George Parros, Anaheim Ducks
“. RIP Rick RYPIEN He was a warrior Hit me hard as my eyes could not focus for 30 seconds I’m not sure if it was to the left or right # hitmewithboth…” – Mike Commodore, Detroit Red Wings
“Terrible news about the death of Rick RYPIEN, rest in peace.” – Ray Whitney, Edmonton Oilers
“The thoughts and prayers are with the family of Rick RYPIEN. Another good soldier who leaves us very soon!” – Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers
“Hard news to hear about Rick RYPIEN … another sad day for hockey. Played as hard as anyone. My prayers to him and his family.” – Matt Moulson, New York Islanders
“RIP Rick RYPIEN. Hockey world takes another hit. Thoughts with his family.” – Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Terrible news about Rick RYPIEN … thoughts and prayers are with him and his family … It is always sad to see a death in the world of hockey # RIP “- Matt Carle, Philadelphia Flyers
Meanwhile, hockey fans in Vancouver were planning a celebration of the life of Rick RYPIEN near the statue of Roger Neilson on the outskirts of Rogers Arena.
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