The sad news about Rick Rypienâ€™s tragic death hit us today as he was found dead in his home on August 15, he was just 27. Keep reading to know more about this story, Rickâ€™s alleged mental health problems and career plus have a look at some of his photos and tribute video provided below.
On August 15, 2011 Winnipeg Jets player Rick Rypien was found dead in his home in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta in his natal Canada. While no foul play is suspected, no further news about his cause of death has been released, so far Royal Canadian Mounted Police are calling Rypienâ€™s death sudden but not suspicious. His team released the following statement â€¦..
“We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Rypien family as well as Rick’s friends. We also appreciate all of the support that has come pouring in from Rick’s fans. Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team. 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.”
Born on May 16th, 1984 in Coleman Alberta in Canada, Rick Rypien joined the Alberta Junior Hockey League, the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves when he was 17, followed by the Regina Pats and the Manitoba Moose in 2004. He moved to the Vancouver Canucks two years later before returning to the Moose the following season. Rick signed a year deal worth $700,000 with the Jets this past July.
His many injuries and rumored mental health problems has been the reason for his multiple indefinite leaves from his teams starting with a broken fibula in December 2005 with Vancouver, an injured thumb and torn groin muscle the following season left him off the team for over two months. During the 07-08 season he suffered an injured finger and a hernia, he took an absence leave at that time due to his injuries and to deal with unknown personal matters. The Canucks’ general manager said that the leave of absence was due to the frustration he had been having because of his injuries, they believed he needed that time to take care and â€śwrap his head around itâ€ť adding that there was nothing else going on with him.
In October, Rick had an ugly altercation with a fan in the stands, the fan was identified as 28 year-old James Engquist. He was clapping and yelling at him after he was expelled from the game after a fight with another player. Rick was ejected and suspended for 6 games, he did however release an apology to his team and the fan plus sent him tickets to a concert. The following month Rypien received another leave of absence from his team to deal with personal matters, some rumored that it was mental health related others said he was under therapy due to mental depression but nothing was ever confirmed.
We are deeply saddened by his death, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans throughout this terrible time. Rick Rypien’s memorial will be held on Wednesday, August 17, from 2 to 8 p.m. outside Rogers Arena.
You can send your condolences in the comments box below and donâ€™t forget to check out Rickâ€™s last interview video from March.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67304318@N00/3918783362/, wikipedia.org/Resolute