Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Rypien
Rick Rypien was born May 16, 1984 in Coleman, Alberta. A free-agent signing of the Vancouver Canucks, Rypien is a graduate of the WHL's Regina Pats.

A gritty forward, Rypien played three full seasons with Regina before making his professional debut with the AHL's Manitoba Moose in the latter stages of the 2004-05 season. After getting his feet wet in 2004-05, Rypien returned to Manitoba the following year while also seeing his first action with the parent club in Vancouver.

In Vancouver, Rypien earned a reputation as one of the toughest pound-for-pound fighters in the NHL. His gritty, fearless style made him a popular teammate and fan favourite.

In the summer of 2011, as an unrestricted free agent, Rypien inked a deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

Sadly, Rypien passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2011.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2001-02 Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves AJHL 57 12 10 22 143
2001-02 Regina Pats WHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Regina Pats WHL 50 6 12 18 159 -5 5 1 1 2 21
2003-04 Regina Pats WHL 65 19 26 45 186 -23 4 0 1 1 18
2004-05 Regina Pats WHL 63 22 29 51 148 -34
2004-05 Manitoba Moose AHL 8 1 1 2 5 0 14 0 0 0 35
2005-06 Manitoba Moose AHL 49 9 6 15 122 -1 13 1 1 2 22
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5 1 0 1 4 +1
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 5 0
2006-07 Manitoba Moose AHL 14 3 3 6 35 -4
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 22 1 2 3 41 -5
2007-08 Manitoba Moose AHL 34 3 11 14 81 -14 6 0 0 0 10
2008-09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 3 0 3 19 -3 10 0 2 2 40
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 4 4 8 126 -3 7 0 1 1 7
2010-11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 0 1 1 31 -5
2010-11 Manitoba Moose AHL 11 0 2 2 9 -4 7 1 0 1 10
NHL Totals 119 9 7 16 226 17 0 3 3 47


Signed to an ATO (amateur tryout) contract by Manitoba (AHL), March 22, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, November 9, 2005. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to recurring groin injury. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to viral infection. Granted indefinite leave of absence by Vancouver, November 25, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 4, 2011. Passed away on August 15, 2011.