This is just sad. Another hockey player gone way too soon. Rick Rypien was found dead on Monday by a family member. No official word yet about the cause and quite frankly it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that yet another young hockey player is gone.
He took an extended leave of absence from the NHL for personal reasons and had just signed on with the Winnipeg Jets on what some say was a career comeback.
Derek Boogaard died a few months back; a mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs found in his system.
While we all joke about fighters and fights – I’m just as guilty – I love a good fight(s), and the NY Islanders having a viewing party of their game against the Penguins, some players have a hard time leaving it on the ice when they leave the ice.
My heart and prayers go out to the Rypien family and to any hockey player out there having personal issues. Please go get help – talk to some one, any one. You are more important than the game. You matter to someone. You make a difference. There is a sparkly rainbow on the other side – trust me.