I struggled with depression for much of last year and my negative emotions peaked last Summer. After confiding in a friend on the evening of August 14th, I did some reading on the internet the following morning to cope with my anxiety. I found some useful contact information at the end of an article and, unbeknownst to me, ended up calling a suicide hotline. It was a real surprise but I've since realized that I really needed someone to talk to and really appreciated that someone was willing to listen and help.
Remembering that Rick Rypien had some mental health issues over the course of his career in Vancouver, I decided to do some reading on him that afternoon. Upon entering his name on Wikipedia, I was stunned to see that the date of his death (August 15th, 2011) was listed. I could not believe it. I wheeled around and told my brother that there was no way this could be true but the reports soon came in. The Wikipedia entry had been modified mere minutes before I accessed it. It was, without question, the strangest coincidence I have ever experienced.
As many of you remember, we lost Rick Rypien a year ago; the anniversary of his passing is tomorrow. I was really moved by all the tributes that poured in that day. If memory serves, a thread that was created to honour his memory was several pages long and many of you offered fond recollections of this fine player and his brief career.
As Rick's struggles and tragic end really resonated with me, I felt I had an obligation to explain what I had been going through recently. Some of you even personally messaged me and offered advice when I explained what had happened in the preceding 24 hours. I cannot thank those individuals enough. I cannot say anything with certainty apart from the fact that this was a day that gave me perspective on my life and I'll never forget it.
I wish to express my gratitude to all of you. This franchise has been dealt some unfortunate blows in the last few years but these tragedies have also elicited genuine concern and compassion from kind-hearted people like yourselves. In the final analysis, I genuinely believe we have the best fans in the NHL. Thank you.
A year later, Mr. Rypien is still sorely missed but we should take solace in the fact that his passing will remain a point of inspiration.
Edited by RFK, 14 August 2012 - 07:08 PM.