Hundreds attend funeral for NHLer Rick Rypien - The Globe and Mail: Near the make-shift altar hung a framed Vancouver Canucks’ jersey – No. 37 and autographed – next to a Regina Pats poster that read Pure Hockey. Beneath the caption was a photo of Rick Rypien, corralling a loose puck.
That image of Rypien in action, full of life and hope, served as the backdrop for Saturday’s memorial service in the Alberta Stella Arena where he had played his minor hockey. Described as the little guy who could, Rypien had worked his way into the National Hockey League and become a hero here in the Crowsnest Pass only to lose the one fight he couldn’t win.