It was back in December that Rick Rypien was given a personal leave of absence to deal with his demons. For a while, it seemed as though he was on the right track to recovery. He joined the Manitoba Moose for the AHL playoffs and then signed with the Winnipeg Jets early in July.
It goes without saying that the news of his passing today – as tweeted by James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail – is an utter shock to his family, friends and fans.
Police confirm former Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien has been found dead in his Alberta home.
RIP Ryp. We hope you’re in a happier place. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and loved ones.