CHICAGO - MAY 01: (L-R) Christian Ehrhoff #5, Shane O'Brien #55, Rick Rypien #37 and Michael Grabner #40 of the Vancouver Canucks are congratulated by teammates after Grabner scored a 2nd period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
We've always been huge fans of Rick Rypien on this blog and his death saddens us greatly. I'd like to repost a few pieces we've done about Rypien over the years:
Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2010 - The Goon Patrol: Rating Hockey's Fighters
Top 29 Fights on Hockeyfights.com, Jan 8, 2010
Fighting, Just Like Chess, November 5, 2009
Rick Rypien, December, 11, 2009
Our thoughts go out to Rypien's family and the Jets organization.