August 17 2011 02:49PM
Photo is from the make-shift Rypien memorial that has sprung up outside Rogers Arena. Sticktap to Maria Weisgarber for the photo.
Yesterday while compiling my head-shots post - I linked to the two Rypien tributes I'd had time to read while at work yesterday. Last night, however, when reading through the tremendous outpouring of emotion and support from the Canucks blogosphere - I realized I'd missed the mark. In place of our usual head-shots links, and in honour of Rick Rypien and the affection we all had for him, I'm going to curate some of the many wonderful Rypien tributes swirling around the hockey world, and the Canucks blogosphere in lieu of the usual schtick.
August 17 2011 07:57AM
Editors Note: One of the smartest Canucks bloggers around - before he became somewhat of a lapsed Canucks blogger - was Trevor Presiloski. I've bothered him for months to contribute a post to Canucksarmy - so when I saw him appear in my DMs yesterday evening I was overjoyed. The following post is his work:
By Trevor Presiloski
So this offseason has been quite a downer.
Both Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien passed away this offseason and both were noted NHL 'tough guys.' Boogaard, also known for making Bruce Boudreau look like a gobsmacked idiot, passed away as a result of alcohol and oxycodone overdosage. Charges are being filed against his brother Aaron for the role he played in his death and the whole situation is coming across as being incredibly ugly for all those involved, and for the sport in general. Prior to his death, Boogaard was also enrolled in the NHL substance abuse/mental health program. The incident paints a very dark portrait of what now seems to be a troubled man.
August 16 2011 02:07PM
Jean-Francois Chaumont of Radio-Canada.ca caught up with Roberto Luongo at the goaltender's celebrity golf-tournament in Anjou recently. The original French version of the article can be found here.
The piece contains some interesting insights into how the goaltender is coping with the Canucks close-but-no-cigar run to the Stanley Cup Finals this summer. Luongo japes that - because he lives in Florida in the summer - he's somewhat immune to much of the flack he's been taking in the Canadian Press. The most interesting part to me, however, is his admission that he got "caught up in the moment" after game five, and that he regrets criticizing Tim Thomas' goaltending style on Maxim Lapierre's game-winner in the fifth game.
August 16 2011 01:33PM
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August 15 2011 07:42PM
James Mirtle tweeted the news this evening that Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home today. The cause of death is not yet known, but we'll update this post as we get more information.
In his time with the Canucks, Rick Rypien was the definition of a warrior, and one of the best technical fighters I've ever seen on hockey-skates. His ability to fight larger guys (Rypien was a shade under 6 feet), and not just hold his own - but often win - won him a special place in the hearts of Vancouver Canucks fans.