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08:29 AM ET 08.23 | Canucks GM Mike Gillis hopes that shedding light on the story of Rick Rypien might help people. Gillis said that, in forthcoming weeks, the organization would tell Rypien's story and chart the course of his six-year journey with the Canucks. It's a remarkable story. It's also a hero's journey because, to understand how he kept coming back after mental illness kept him reeling, is to understand something about the young man's courage. ... [Gillis] is angry that assumptions have been made about Rypien; that owing to the way he played and his issues, he was a graduate of the Derek Boogaard-Bob Probert-John Kordic school of self-destruction. Rypien was troubled, yes. But he was the victim of a disease he couldn't control and that's what Gillis would like everyone to understand.

The Province

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August 23, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Shedding light on the situation will be much better than all the speculation. should have done this last week.

August 23, 2011  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Shedding light on the situation will be much better than all the speculation. should have done this last week.

A life cut short. Not a easy thing to deal with, regardless of the circumstances.

August 23, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Was it a suicide? All I got were third-hand reports.

August 23, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Was it a suicide? All I got were third-hand reports.

from the Vancouver Sun "Rypien, 27, who had battled depression for a number of years, died in his home nearby in Coleman, Alta. RCMP have called it non-suspicious." This type of RCMP report usually means suicide.
This area of the province is a series of small communities 2 -3 miles apart in a mountain pass. Lots of mining and forestry activity in the area. High winds and temperature variations associated with that area of the province. Some studies have noted a higher rate of suicide among area residents and tried to co-relate them.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Ripper+paid+final+respects/5287795/stor y.html#ixzz1Vr9wviaZ

August 23, 2011  09:16 AM ET

My sympathies to his family. So sad.

August 23, 2011  09:19 AM ET

What a shame. He was so young.

August 23, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Sad. It will be good when the whole story comes out.

August 23, 2011  09:52 AM ET

The "news" media making assumptions? Spreading rumors? Inventing facts? My God........that just never happens. What a shock.

Rypien's death was a tragedy and my prayers are with his family and teammates. RIP Rick.

August 23, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

from the Vancouver Sun "Rypien, 27, who had battled depression for a number of years, died in his home nearby in Coleman, Alta. RCMP have called it non-suspicious." This type of RCMP report usually means suicide. This area of the province is a series of small communities 2 -3 miles apart in a mountain pass. Lots of mining and forestry activity in the area. High winds and temperature variations associated with that area of the province. Some studies have noted a higher rate of suicide among area residents and tried to co-relate them.Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Ripper+paid+final+respects/5287795/stor y.html#ixzz1Vr9wviaZ

OMG thats horrible :(

August 23, 2011  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The "news" media making assumptions? Spreading rumors? Inventing facts? My God........that just never happens. What a shock. Rypien's death was a tragedy and my prayers are with his family and teammates. RIP Rick.

Yup ! The song "Dirty Laundry" is and was prophetic unfortunately

August 23, 2011  10:06 AM ET
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What a shame. He was so young.

how old was he?

August 23, 2011  10:12 AM ET

I went to high school with Rick, and though he was a year younger than me, got to know him pretty well through my cousin. Played a lot of floor hockey and basketball together. It was pretty sad to hear the news. What people don't know about Rick is that he always super tiny. In high school he couldn't have been more than 5'2" or 3"... Shorter than almost all the girls. Had incredible speed and hands and lit up the local AA league. Obviously he had a pretty good growth spurt at some point. It still boggles my mind that this tiny little hilarious kid I knew a decade ago became one of the toughest guys in the NHL.

August 23, 2011  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I went to high school with Rick, and though he was a year younger than me, got to know him pretty well through my cousin. Played a lot of floor hockey and basketball together. It was pretty sad to hear the news. What people don't know about Rick is that he always super tiny. In high school he couldn't have been more than 5'2" or 3"... Shorter than almost all the girls. Had incredible speed and hands and lit up the local AA league. Obviously he had a pretty good growth spurt at some point. It still boggles my mind that this tiny little hilarious kid I knew a decade ago became one of the toughest guys in the NHL.

Great info Zap - Thanks

August 23, 2011  10:24 AM ET
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This area of the province is a series of small communities 2 -3 miles apart in a mountain pass. Lots of mining and forestry activity in the area. High winds and temperature variations associated with that area of the province. Some studies have noted a higher rate of suicide among area residents and tried to co-relate them.

Pretty much anywhere in Southern Alberta can be absolutely brutal when the wind blows. It can blow 60-100+ km/hr for three weeks straight. Makes for a pretty depressing place, even in the middle of summer when it howls non-stop like that.

Lots of people seem to get headaches and/or migraines, have trouble sleeping ('cause all you can hear is the wind rattling the side of the house/windows) and it just sucks to go anywhere. You pretty much can't do ANYthing outside. Something as simple as picking up a few groceries becomes a major chore. When it really blows, and if you're lucky, the wind might even blow a rock through a car window or two!

When the wind doesn't blow it's a pretty sweet place to live... Big open skies, mountains right there and reasonably close to places like Montana, Calgary, K-Country, Banff... But when you're basically shut inside for two or three weeks at a time it really does get depressing. Doesn't surprise me to hear suicide numbers are higher 'round these parts.

August 23, 2011  10:25 AM ET

There is a lot more to depression than just feeling sad, it is hard to realize you have it sometimes.

August 23, 2011  10:35 AM ET

A disease of isolation and despair. It's always the ones who don't talk about it that you have to worry about. RIP Rick.

August 23, 2011  10:36 AM ET

was it only his disease that killed him? or was it other things? :/

sucks you would think people with the life he had and his disease he would fight it and not let it get to them

August 23, 2011  10:38 AM ET
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You pretty much can't do ANYthing outside. Something as simple as picking up a few groceries becomes a major chore.

Oddly enough I miss the wind the most of all the things in the Lethbridge area.

August 23, 2011  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Pretty much anywhere in Southern Alberta can be absolutely brutal when the wind blows. It can blow 60-100+ km/hr for three weeks straight. Makes for a pretty depressing place, even in the middle of summer when it howls non-stop like that. Lots of people seem to get headaches and/or migraines, have trouble sleeping ('cause all you can hear is the wind rattling the side of the house/windows) and it just sucks to go anywhere. You pretty much can't do ANYthing outside. Something as simple as picking up a few groceries becomes a major chore. When it really blows, and if you're lucky, the wind might even blow a rock through a car window or two!When the wind doesn't blow it's a pretty sweet place to live... Big open skies, mountains right there and reasonably close to places like Montana, Calgary, K-Country, Banff... But when you're basically shut inside for two or three weeks at a time it really does get depressing. Doesn't surprise me to hear suicide numbers are higher 'round these parts.

Your information about high school and the occasional weather environment add a whole new perspective to his life as a young man. Most folks (including me) knew of him only as a hockey player, very talented and tough, but only that. The info. you've posted this morning makes him more of a multi-dimensional guy...........a human being in other words with feelings and doubts of his own. Very poignant and helpful in trying to understand this tragedy to the degree you can. As HC said a few minutes ago, thank you for taking the time to post this.

 
August 23, 2011  10:50 AM ET
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was it only his disease that killed him? or was it other things? :/ sucks you would think people with the life he had and his disease he would fight it and not let it get to them

Rypien suffered from depression. Unfortunately it's not as simple as "fighting it" for some people. Take it from me, as someone who has worked in mental health/substance abuse for the last 20 years, it can be a very crippling disease for some.

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