Former Vancouver Canuck player Rick Rypien, who had signed a 1 year $700,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets during the off season, was found dead in his home. He was only 27 years old. Rypien’s death in Alberta, Canada, yesterday isn’t being treated as suspicious, the Associated Press said, citing a Royal Canadian Mounted Police official it didn’t identify. It looked like a suicide.
Prior to joining the Jets, Rypien, the cousin of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, spent parts of six seasons in the Canucks organization, though personal issues had plagued part of his time in Vancouver. Rypien, the cousin of former National Football League quarterback Mark Rypien, is the second NHL player to die during the offseason. New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead at his Minneapolis home on May 12. The 28-year-old Boogaard died from an accidental mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone.
The native of Coleman, Alta., made headlines last October when he pushed a Minnesota Wild fan after leaving the ice following a fight during a game in St. Paul. Rypien was handed a six-game suspension and later apologized for the incident.
Rypien had just one assist in nine games with the Vancouver Canucks last season after leaving the team because of personal issues but 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.
Rick Rypien (May 16, 1984 – August 15, 2011) Rest In Peace