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“When he first got called up, he sat beside me in the locker-room for a long, long time, and was a great kid,” Morrison recalled Tuesday from his off-season home in Tofino, B.C. “He had a tremendous amount of respect for all the guys in the locker-room. He respected the game, the coaching staff, everybody.
“Everybody liked him because he had a great heart and was a fantastic teammate. He’d do anything for his teammates.
“It’s a tragedy.”
-Brendan Morrison of the Calgary Flames, speaking about former teammate Rick Rypien. More from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.
via James Mirtle tweet,
Police confirm former Vancouver Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien has been found dead in his Alberta home. More to come.
added 9:35pm, via Rick’s cousin Angela Rypien tweet,
R.I.P Rick Rypien, I love you so much and will miss you more than anything!
added 9:43pm, from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
Former Vancouver Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien was found dead by a family member on Monday in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.
Rypien, who signed with the Winnipeg Jets in July, had missed most of last season because of a leave of absence from the Canucks for personal issues.
Local RCMP told The Globe and Mail on Monday night that the death was not suspicious.
added 11:00pm, Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks issued the following statement today in regards to the passing of Rick Rypien:
“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.
...Bogosian, like Doughty and Schenn, appears to have a very bright future no matter where he lands. But in a day and age when some general managers are over paying certain players, they seem to be the victims of a little common sense.
-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet where you can read more on the three RFAs.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Winnipeg: NHL heaven or NHL hell—depends on who is doing the talking.
Bob McCown says three members of the Winnipeg Jets are actively trying to get out of Winnipeg. Jets captain Andrew Ladd says let them go.
What Ladd says about the issue is far more important.
Keep in mind, Ladd just signed a five-year contract extension to remain in Winnipeg and he’s the leader of this team. He’s put his money where his mouth is and not just opened his yap to let it roar.
McCown, the entertaining, witty and respected host of a sports talk radio show in Toronto, from time to time likes to say snarky things about our town. Sometimes he’s right, but this time he’s missed the mark.
from Tom Brodbeck of the Winnipeg Sun,
The thing opponents of the new Winnipeg Jets logo fail to understand is that honouring our air force — or our military generally — has nothing to do with supporting Canada’s foreign policy, either current or past.
Apparently there is a smattering of anti-military folks in this city who don’t like the fact that the new Jets logo pays homage to our air force’s rich history in Winnipeg.
Their argument is that by honouring the military in any way, fans donning “militaristic” Jets apparel would necessarily be expressing their support for Canada’s military actions abroad.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Well, it’s been pretty quiet on the Winnipeg Jets front these days - yes, there have been some minor goings-on, and in a hockey-starved town like this one any small development gets some big play. Personally, I’m don’t think I have the ability to hang on every tiny detail over the summer - it might actually drive me nuts. Until I start seeing some real Jets jerseys on some real Jets players, I’m going to keep enjoying the warm Winnipeg summer - the calm before the storm. We’ve waited fifteen years - what’s a couple more months?
E.J. Hradek of NHL.com answers numerous email questions…
How do you think travel to Winnipeg will shape the race in the East Conference/Southeast Division?
I think it will be a particular pain in the neck for teams in the Southeast Division, who’ll each have to make three trips to the ‘Peg. The Panthers and Lightning, in particular, must be pumped! I also imagine it will be more of a headache for other Eastern Conference foes who are spoiled by their more-cushy travel schedule.
I believe the Jets will have a real advantage because of the excitement in the market. That building will be sold out and loud each and every night. The former Thrashers were a competitive bunch for most of the season despite missing the playoffs. If they can stay reasonably healthy, I believe they have an excellent chance to secure a playoff spot in the East.
more Q & A..
Rumours are a-swirlin’ - is it true that Nikolay Zherdev wants to don a Winnipeg Jets jersey (whatever that might look like) next year? The former fourth overall pick (2003, Columbus Blue Jackets) is said to have a desire to play for the Jets, according to a tidbit out of Russia (article in Russian - Google translate this puppy).
Late Friday is typically when bad news is released, in hopes that it won’t have much traction over the weekend and will be forgotten/out of the news cycle by Monday. So I was initially surprised when it was announced that the Winnipeg Jets logo would be revealed at 4 p.m. CST last Friday. It made a lot more sense when I found out the logo was supposed to be released yesterday, but a grainy cell phone pic of the logo on a t-shirt started making the rounds on the Internet on Friday afternoon. True North decided to take control of the matter, and quickly rolled out the logo later that day. Winnipeggers responded by standing in line to hand over as much money as possible for as many Jets hats and shirts as they could carry.
I thought about firing off a blog the same day (or Saturday) with my reaction to the primary and secondary logos as well as the wordmark, but decided to let it all sink in for a bit instead. I picked up a hat and shirt on Saturday morning from a local sports shop (not the Jets Gear store in the MTS Centre, which had lineups out the door pretty much all weekend), and seeing the logo on an actual piece of clothing changed my opinion - at least on the primary logo.
from Global Winnipeg,
Merchandise bearing the recently-released logos of the Winnipeg Jets continue to fly off the shelves.
Sales of hats and t-shirts emblazoned with the military-style maple leaf roundel and jet fighter image have brought in $200,000.00 since Friday, according to the hockey club. The store has rung in more than 5500 transactions.
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The most popular item, a white Jets hat, has sold out but is going for $66 on eBay.
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