This is how I will remember you, the youthful guy with a big heart who who would walk through fire for those you cared so much for. The man who was loyal and proud to give blood for what mattered to him, his teammates and brothers. The guy would would devote his time and heart for the kids who looked up to him and needed his help. You are always going to be an inspiration to the lives you touched, directly or not.
Your fight is over now, you can rest in peace. I love you. We all do.
2 years today, former Vancouver Canucks player Rick Rypien committed suicide. I had always loved watching him play, and it was a shock to hear of his passing. I remember in January the next year, I went to game where they honored Rick’s memory by starting their battle against Mental Illness. My dad and I bought a shirt, trying to do our thing to help out. I remember being so heart broken, thinking about what his friends and family must have been feeling throughout all of this. And little did I know, my best friend would commit suicide less than 2 weeks later.
My heart still aches for these 2 lives who left us too soon..
“It may sound absurd… but don’t be naïve, Even heroes have the right to bleed.”
R.I.P. Rick Rypien, May 16, 1984 - August 15, 2011 R.I.P. Willie Pion October 21st, 1995 - February 1, 2012
They said they ordered more Rick Rypien Mindcheck shirts and will give me a call whenever they get them in. Just a heads up to anyone that was interested in getting one of the Mindcheck shirts. Here’s the info from the Canucks site if you’re interested.