For a guy who scored nine NHL goals in 119 games, Rick Rypien was a huge fan favourite.
He barely said boo, but his 226 minutes in penalties and willingness to take on all comers, the bigger the better, endeared the 5-foot-10, 185-pound pit bull to Canucks faithful over parts of six seasons.
And fans still have him in mind, a year after he committed suicide at his home in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.
They are gathering outside of Rogers Arena on Wednesday to keep his memory alive and let his family and friends know he’s not been forgotten.
References abound to the website the Canucks established after Rypien’s death and the site itself has helped raised the profile of mental illness and, let’s hope, has helped out more than a few young people.
It’s at www.mindcheck.ca and it highlights the symptoms of depression and guides people toward paths that can help them overcome it.
Twitter and the blogosphere are full of Rypien mentions, none...