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 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 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.
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.