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
Edited by Regnecek, 18 August 2011 - 07:45 PM.