August 15th, 2012 marked the one year anniversary of the passing of Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien.
Rypien worked very hard to make it to the NHL and was rewarded when the Canucks signed him to a contract in 2005. He also wasn’t afraid to stick up for his teammates on the ice, accruing 273 penalty minutes in a combined 136 games.
Unfortunately, even the toughest warriors in hockey have to fight their demons off the ice. This was the case with Rypien as it’s known that he battled depression, something that at times threatened his NHL career.