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No words needed here.
from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,
Maybe the job needs to change.
We cannot know to a certainty what role their work — intimidating and inflicting pain on other people — played in these deaths. However, the league must now operate under the assumption that the loss, in such a short time, of three men who performed the same specialty function for a living points toward a causal link.
What exactly that link may be — brain injury? the cumulative mental toll of a life of violence? — is the starting point of a debate.
Debate is what the NHL’s overseers do best — much of it pointless, and most of it leading nowhere.
Headshots were easy for them to brush past — no amount of rule changes can entirely prevent blows to the skull, since so many of them are accidental.
There is no such thing as an accidental fist fight.
This new debate must be different.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
But if Rypien’s story can compel one person to seek help; if it can put a human face to this dehabilitating disease, then, maybe, some value can come of this.
It isn’t much. But for those who were close to Rypien, that’s all they’ve got these days.
“I think Rick’s desire to talk about it was in trying to help others,” said Gillis. “I think we still have that opportunity.
“He was a wonderful guy.”
Gillis said that, in forthcoming weeks, the organization would tell Rypien’s story and chart the course of his six-year journey with the Canucks. It’s a remarkable story. It’s also a hero’s journey because, to understand how he kept coming back after mental illness kept him reeling, is to understand something about the young man’s courage.
from Ian Brown of the Globe and Mail,
Mr. Rypien, 27, is the third National Hockey League enforcer to die prematurely in the past year. Derek Boogaard, 28, the former New York Rangers enforcer, expired in May from an overdose of alcohol and oxycodone. The supreme enforcer Bob Probert, no stranger to drugs and booze, collapsed unexpectedly last summer from a heart attack and couldn’t be revived. He was 45.
Mr. Rypien’s demon was depression; he needed two leaves of absence from the Canucks to fight “undisclosed personal problems,” and his father – a former Golden Gloves champion – admitted this week that depression has run in the family.
What he was suicidal about awaits disclosure; whether his depression was partly related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy caused by an enforcer’s constant hockey fights will be answered only when scientists examine his brain. But reducing Rick Rypien’s suicide to hockey policy misses the point of his career and his sport.
Mr. Rypien was one of the NHL’s storied enforcers – the goons who are the game’s accidental warriors. Like Laraque and McSorley and Domi and all the others tough enough to be known by one name, Mr. Rypien protected his teammates by crushing opponents.
“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.
Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks announced today that forward Rick Rypien has been granted an indefinite leave of absence for personal matters. Rick is a valued member of the organization and the club will continue to support Rick in every way possible.
No further comment will be made by the club on this matter.
In the latest episode of the show, Jon, Mike and Mark review the Lightning’s 2-1-1 record in the week just past, discuss some minor injuries currently nagging the club as well as possible recalls, analyze the recent messes with Rick Rypien in Vancouver and Ilya Kovalchuk in New Jersey and offer up their early season surprise teams and underachievers. As usual, Mike gets all emotional with his Missed Call of the Week, while Jon’s What the Hell Was That? segment features a sincere apology to the fans on behalf of the show and a call for increased responsibility in the “fan blogger” community. Finally, Mark gets his wings, debuting his new end-show segment, “Missing the Mark” - (a temporary title, as he reaches out to the show’s audience for feedback and other ideas).
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ultimately, what surprised me most in the aftermath of this matter was how Rypien’s conduct raised a separate, but parallel issue - that is, how much should boorish fan behaviour be factored in as a mitigating circumstance. For example, ESPN’s SportsNation conducted a poll and discovered that an astonishing 37 per cent of respondents believe there might be a legitimate reason for a player to attack a fan. More than one in three!
E-mail traffic was similarly provocative. While a lot of people saw it the way Bettman did - as a black-and-white issue - some wanted to use the incident as a forum on the conduct of fans at sporting games, and how sick and tired they were/are of having to tolerate the drunken musings of the loudmouth in the next row, who is constantly spilling beer; using profanity within earshot of their children; and generally acting in a way that makes them vow never to spend $100 or more to enjoy (!?) the live fan experience.
read on plus a few more NHL topics…
from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,
James Engquist, 28, the Mendota Heights resident who was grabbed while in the stands by Vancouver Canucks player Rick Rypien during a game against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, today received a telephone call from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman apologizing with an offer of dinner and tickets to another game.
Engquist said he appreciated what he called a “classy” gesture by Bettman, but is disappointed that Rypien received just a six-game suspension from the NHL and the Canucks at $25,000 fine.
NEW YORK (October 22, 2010) – Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended six games, without pay, for making physical contact with a spectator during NHL Game #76 at Xcel Energy Center Tuesday night.
The Canucks also were fined $25,000, as required by League policy.
Including the game already served while Friday’s hearing was pending, Rypien will be eligible to return to play Nov. 6 against Detroit.
“Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career.”
The incident occurred at 13:38 of the second period as Rypien was leaving the ice following an altercation with Minnesota’s Brad Staubitz.
The last time a player was suspended for more than four games for making physical contact with a spectator was March 20, 1982, when defenseman Doug Halward of the Canucks was suspended seven games for an altercation with fans.
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis released the following statement today regarding the National Hockey League suspension of forward Rick Rypien:
Mike Gillis, Canucks GM on the Rick Rypien suspension.
TORONTO (October 20, 2010)—Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended, pending a hearing, as a result of becoming involved in an altercation with a fan during NHL Game #76 last night in Minnesota. The incident took place at 13:38 of the second period. The League will have no comment until the matter has been resolved.
A toast to those who shined last night (albeit 10:00 in the morning!) It’s time, once again, for JJ’s Three Cheers.
***A collective cheers to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rode a complete team effort, with five different goal-scorers and 11 players with at least one point, to a 5-2 decision over the Sharks in San Jose. Chad LaRose led the way with a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 41 San Jose shots in the win for Carolina, who will finally finish a seven-game, three-country adventure after stops in Los Angeles tonight and Phoenix on Saturday.
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I’ve been doing some searching on the web this morning and have read Rypien should be suspended anywhere from 5 to 20+ games.
What do you think he will get?
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
“I just think the fan got a little bit too involved,” Malhotra said. “There’s just no place for that in our game.
“There’s boundaries that should never be crossed. We’re in our area of work. We are all for the hootin’ and hollerin’ and supporting your team and saying whatever is tasteful out there. But as soon as you cross that line and want to become physical with a player, we have to make sure we take care of ourselves and we’re protected.”
Initial replays do not back up Malhotra. The video shows Rypien lunging from the bench area into the stands and at the fan who was just clapping, and maybe jawing at Malhotra.
The Canucks Rick Rypien grabbed a fan after leaving the bench.
added 11:16pm, What happened just prior to the incident? Rypien was involved in a fight with Brad Staubitz which can be seen below.
I just turned the channel and missed the action, but I think Rypien was being lead to the dressing room when the incident above broke out.
added 11:21pm, The fight video below was from earlier in the game. You can actually see what happened by watching the second video below…
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
Rick Rypien may have won the fight, but his team came out on the losing end of his scuffle with Blues Cam Janssen midway through the first period.
Rypien was given a five minute match penalty in addition to the coincidental fighting majors assessed to both players for the tape he had around his right wrist and thumb….
“We got put in a very tough position by that major penalty. In my opinion it was not the right call,” said Vigneault.
“The call clearly states that there has to be a cut. There was no cut. There’s a broken nose. The tape was on Ripper’s right hand, he threw punches with his left, got him good a couple of times, broke his nose, that’s not a cut. I thought the interpretation of that was wrong and it put us behind the eight-ball there.”