He wanted to make everybody happy and make everybody proud. On the ice he would stick up for his teammates. He wasn’t the biggest guy but he would do whatever it took for his teammates. He was just a fun guy to be around and a team favourite.-Kevin Bieksa
He was one of the best friends you could ever have. He would do anything for you. He liked to have a lot of fun but when it came down to his job, he took it very seriously and he did a good job at it. - Ryan Kesler
He played with an unbridled enthusiasm and fearlessness that made him an instant fan favourite. With a face that had never seen a razor blade and that mischievous smile, Rypien looked to all the unsuspecting world like a choirboy. But he played like the devil’s winger.
He fought grown men eight inches taller and 50 pounds heavier. He threw thunderous bodychecks and would challenge anyone who took offence. And he could score some, too.
Tears, disappointment and sorrow aside, I simply cannot believe that I’m seeing fellow Canucks fans making suicide jokes and depression snark about our team getting knocked out of the playoffs. After everything this team has been working towards this season. After Mindcheck. After Rick.
How dare you. Flipping though the Canucks tag after tonight’s loss made me sick with shame and rage. I will not stay silent but I will damn well judge those I see making these sort of references because we all should know better. We’ve seen it and we’ve felt it. Shame on you.
Those involved in Rick’s early hockey upbringing reflected on his ambition from a young age to always be the best. A combination of Rick’s strong work ethic and athletic ability, with the support of caring family and coaches, helped Rick realize his hockey aspirations.