Unfortunately, the NHL offseason has once again been marred by the tragic passing of another player. After Derek Boogaard was found dead after overdosing on alcohol and painkillers, Rick Rypien was found dead last night in his home by a family member.
Rypien had just signed a one year contract with the Winnipeg Jets after starting his career with the Vancouver Canucks. He missed most of last season after the Canucks allowed him some personal time to deal with issues he was facing. Many believed it was some sort of mental illness he was fighting, most likely depression.
To speculate that isn't much of a stretch, but as far as speculating goes, that should be as far as anyone takes it. No one knows for sure what happened and it's not fair to the Rypien family, his teammates, the NHL community, and it's especially not fair to Rick...
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