Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Canucks Will Honor Rypien

The Canucks are calling tonight's game: "Heart of a Canuck — Rick Rypien Night." Can't say if the Canucks honoring the memory of Rypien at tonight's game will help or hurt them on the ice, but it will certainly be emotional.

Canucks Army:
More Than Just Another Game --
Tonight's game against the Rangers has it's share of sub-plots: the Rangers are winless this season and will be desperate to change that against a "measuring stick team" in the Canucks. Ryan Kesler returns slightly earlier than most of us expected from summer hip surgery, after a nine week recovery period. The Canucks look to overcome the "Finals hangover" narrative that has apparently plagued them in the early going. Whatever. Tonight, for me, the game is a side-show. Even the return of arguably the Canucks best player is a side-show. Tonight is all about Rypper.

It seems that the ceremony won't be televised, but you can watch it live at canucks.nhl.com. I'm sure thousands, myself included, will...

Tonight is more than just another a game, it's a chance to say goodbye. It's also a chance to say thank you, to Rypien's family and his closest friends. Thank you for sharing him with us.
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Vancouver Sun:
Forever a Canuck and a brother

Puck Daddy: 
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Canucks.NHL.com:
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