Monday, August 15, 2011

EX-REGINA PATS

RICK RYPIEN IS FOUND DEAD





Details are still sketchy, but former Regina Pats captain and current Winnipeg Jet Rick Rypien has been found dead at his Alberta home. Here is the story from the Globe and Mail.

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Former Vancouver Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien was found dead by a family member on Monday in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.

Rypien, who signed with the Winnipeg Jets in July, had missed most of last season because of a leave of absence from the Canucks for personal issues.

Local RCMP told The Globe and Mail on Monday night that the death was not suspicious.

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The Winnipeg Jets issued this statement upon learning of Rick's death while the Vanco uver Canucks issued this statement.


The Regina Pats issued this statement....


The entire Regina Pats Organization is deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news of the passing of former Regina Pats Captain Rick Rypien. Rick was a tremendous friend, teammate and role model during his time in Regina and he epitomized everything we want our young
men to be as people and as players. We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Rypie
n family and all of his friends and teammates during this difficult time.”

On a personal note, Rick might have been the best captain the Pats have had in my time watching them. His heart, soul and desire was something else and it was that heart, soul and desire that got him to the NHL.

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Sad moment - Rest in Peace Rick. My thoughts and prayers are with the Rypien family this day. A great true warrior with the Regina Pats.