Rick Rypien

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Rick Rypien
Date of birth May 16, 1984
place of birth Coleman , Alberta , Canada
date of death August 15, 2011
Place of death Crowsnest Pass , Alberta , Canada
size 180 cm
Weight 86 kg
position center
number # 37
Shot hand Right
Career stations
2001-2002 Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves
2002-2005 Regina Pats
2005-2011 Vancouver Canucks

Rick Rypien (born May 16, 1984 in Coleman , Alberta , † August 15, 2011 in Crowsnest Pass , Alberta) was a Canadian ice hockey player who played for the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League during his career .


Rick Rypien began his career as a hockey player with the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves, for which he was active in the 2001/02 season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League . He then moved to the Regina Pats from the Western Hockey League , for which he was on the ice in the following three years. On March 22, 2005, the attacker signed a tryout contract with the Manitoba Moose from the American Hockey League , where he ended the 2004/05 season.

In November of the same year he was signed as a free agent by Manitoba's cooperation partner from the National Hockey League , the Vancouver Canucks . He made his NHL debut for the Canucks in the 2005/06 season . The Canadian scored one goal in five games. Mainly, however, he was again used for the Manitoba Moose in the AHL. In the following years, the center could rarely play regularly, as he missed a large part of the games in the 2006/07 season due to a groin injury and in the 2008/09 game year due to a virus disease.

On July 2, 2011, Rypien signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets . Before he was scheduled to play an NHL game for the Jets, the striker was found dead on August 15, 2011 in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. Suicide was later given as the cause of death. It was also revealed that Rypien had suffered from depression for more than ten years .

NHL statistics

Seasons Games Gates Assists Points Penalty minutes
Regular season 6th 119 9 7th 16 226
Playoffs 2 17th 0 3 3 47

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. theglobeandmail.com, Jets forward Rypien found dead
  2. Allan Maki: Hundreds attend funeral for NHLer Rick Rypien. In: The Globe and Mail . August 20, 2011, archived from the original on August 25, 2011 ; Retrieved August 21, 2011 .
  3. ^ Players, Fans React to the Sudden Death of Rypien. Retrieved August 16, 2011 .