VANCOUVER, CANADA – APRIL 10: Rick Rypien #37 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on from the bench during their game against the Calgary Flames at General Motors Place on April 10, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Canucks defeated the Flames” src=”https://nyrblueshirtsblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/3724133-bin.jpeg?w=300″ alt=”” width=”300″ height=”193″ />According to CTV Vancouver, former Vancouver Canuck and current Winnipeg Jet Rick Rypien was found dead this evening. He was 27-years-old.
Rypien played six seasons in the NHL, all for the Canucks. He played just nine games last season before leaving the team due to personal reasons. He was eventually put on injured reserve. He finished his career with 16 points in 119 regular season games.
Rypien made headlines last season when he grabbed a fan in Minnesota after he was ejected from a game against the Wild. He was suspended for six games and fined $25,000.
This is the second NHLer to die this offseason. In May, New York Rangers’ forward Derek Boogaard, 28, died after mixing oxycodone with alcohol.
More updates to come as more news breaks.
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