Rick Rypien, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Rick Rypien

Canadian ice hockey player

Date of Birth: 16-May-1984

Place of Birth: Blairmore, Alberta, Canada

Date of Death: 15-Aug-2011

Profession: ice hockey player

Nationality: Canada

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Rick Rypien

  • Richard Joseph Rypien (May 16, 1984 – August 15, 2011) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who spent parts of six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks.
  • After a major junior career of four years with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL), he was signed to a professional contract by the minor league Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2005.
  • The following season, he signed with the Canucks.
  • He spent six years with the organization, splitting time between the Canucks and Moose, their AHL affiliate.
  • A fourth-line player in the NHL, he was known for his hitting and fighting abilities, though his size was not typical of an enforcer.
  • Following the 2010–11 NHL season, Rypien signed with the Winnipeg Jets, but died before joining his new team.
  • His death was preceded by a history of clinical depression, which included two personal leaves of absence from the Canucks during his career.
  • In the wake of Rypien's death the Canucks and the Jets started an initiative to help others with mental illness.

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