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.

Rick Rypien

The Rick Rypien tribute last night… can’t even describe it. The saddest thing I’ve seen in a long time. And something that was especially heartbreaking was Kevin Bieksa during the tribute. You look at him as a great, tough, fighting kind of guy, and just seeing someone like that being at a point where they are THAT sad… just another thing I can’t describe. It definetely was heartbreaking.