Rick was a tough NHL enforcer who didn’t back down from anyone. The razor’s edge that he played on sometimes lead him to some NHL suspensions… but who wouldn’t have wanted a player like that on your team? Someone who would play his heart out for you… grind hard in the corners… and bring some excitement to your teammates and fans.
In the last 3 NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks he took 2 personal leaves from the team. It is believed that Rick was dealing with some mental health issues such as depression, which we all know is a serious issue, during those personal leaves from the team.
He started his career with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL in 2004, and by all accounts was looking forward to be playing in Manitoba again with the new Winnipeg Jets. His stats can be viewed here. It is evident that Rick never backed down from any other tough-guy in the NHL.
Rick will be remembered for wearing his heart on his sleeve and being a great teammate and friend.
Our thoughts are with the Rypien family.