Ex Canuck Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home. The Winnipeg Jets(his new team) confirmed the 27-year-old forward’s death in a statement Monday night.
“We are deeply saddened to confirm Rick’s passing,” the statement read.
Rypien had just one assist in nine games with the Vancouver Canucks last season after leaving the team because of personal issues. He later returned with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. It was the second time in three years Rypien left the team to deal with undisclosed personal matters.
Rypien signed a one-year deal with the Jets in July worth $700,000 US after posting nine goals, seven assists and 226 penalty minutes over 119 career games with the Canucks.
Rypien was known for getting into fights and the Vancouver crowd was static through every one! In memory of Rick Rypien we take a look at some of his best moments: