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Rick Rypien Passes Away

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#541 Regnecek


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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:54 PM

I still can't believe Rick Rypien is gone. Everytime I think about him or read anything about his passing, I start crying and can't stop. It's extremely difficult to process that he's gone. From the outside it looked like he had it all and was working towards happiness and getting back to playing the game that he loved...Returning to Manitoba seemed so fitting after having spent so much time there with the Moose. He had this incredibly tough guy exterior, but he really was a sweet, caring person who had a tremendous fight in him.

I only met him once, earlier this past season at the Raise a Reader event. I was apprehensive about approaching him initially. I didn't want to see like a bother or anything (even though it was a community event) but his smile and a few kinds words were all it took for his warm personality to shine through. He was easy to talk to, and made me smile...he may have been small in stature, but he had a huge heart, and a strong passion for the game. It's sad to see him go. I can't imagine all the pain he was going through the last few seasons especially (even though it's been said he'd been battling emotional problems since losing his girlfriend in a car accident while in juinor). I'll never forget his fight. He will be missed. I wish he'd been able to see what else the world had to offer...My heart goes out to him and his family. I hope he's at peace now.

I'll post up the message I posted at his memorial at Rogers Arena yesterday:

"To Live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die" - Thomas Campbell

Thank you for everything you brought to the Canucks organization. Your heart, soul, grit and love. You were a TRUE warrior and will be missed.

FOREVER A CANUCK #37! R.I.P. Rick Rypien.
Vancouver'll love you forever

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 08:38 PM

R.I.P. Rick Rypien God bless you

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

RIP, Rypein was one of the most entertaining guys to watch when he got into scraps.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQJThljsJ-0

My favorite rypien fight, just look at the combination he put together, looks as if hes in the UFC.
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:07 PM


RIP Rypien

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:18 PM


Funeral is set for Saturday

Hopefully some of the Canucks' players and management will attend

Seems unreal to picture his funeral. Just doesn't seem right

RIP Rick
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Posted 19 August 2011 - 04:33 AM

RIP to my favorite player to wear a Canuck's jersey...
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R.I.P. Your heart and fearlessness will be remembered

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:15 AM

Rick was such a passionate player and a joy to watch on the ice.
Deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and team mates.
Rest in peace, Rick Rypien.


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Posted 19 August 2011 - 03:07 PM

RIP ripper...he played and fought like he was 6'5". Even though he signed with the Jets, he will always be a Canucks

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:02 PM

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:07 AM



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That is the Rick Rypien I remember so well and love !

RIP Mr Rick Rypien, you will be very sadly missed and as many have said, if you are in a better place now, happy and at peace, then I'm happy for you, and it takes a teeny bit of the sting away. You'll be remembered forever, now a Canuck legend. Condolences to your family, friends, Canucks organization, and fans.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 01:31 PM

Lil Wayne, the rapper gave Ryp a shout out at his recent concert in Montreal, skip to 0:52 mark:


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Posted 25 August 2011 - 12:00 PM

Seems unreal to picture his funeral. Just doesn't seem right.

Of course! He was way too young to go.

R.I.P. I hope God needs an ass kickin' center for his team.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:29 PM

RIP Rick The Ripper! Best fighter ever!


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:45 PM

Balls of brass
Fists of steel
Backing down from nobody
He was the real deal

He had warrior spirit
A skating grace
He hid his demons
Fearing they would take his place

I have fought your fight Rick
I fight is still
Another brother fallen
Brings me the deepest chill

If there is a heaven
I know you're there
I'll keep up the fight brother
Send me some strength to battle these demons we share

You'll not be forgotten
We shall hold you dear

When all seems lost
All the strength seems to be gone
We'll think of number 37
We'll soldier on

Dedicated to the memory of number 37, Rick Rypien and to the continuing fight against mental illness so many carry on with.
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