Rick Rypien was the modern day hockey David in a battle versus Goliath. His hockey journey began in the Crowsnest Pass minor hockey system. At 17 Rick earned a spot on the local Junior team, the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves and never looked back. A year later he cracked the line-up with the WHL’s Regina Pats and was soon the fan favourite. Signed by the Manitoba Moose at the end of his Junior career he earned every shift and by December of his first full professional season he took the ice with the Vancouver Canucks. While small in stature, Rick’s passion and work ethic helped him conquer obstacles that arose along the way. Being undrafted to both Junior and the professional level was not the only challenge Rick overcame. Rick battled depression during his rise through the hockey ranks but his personal struggles did not stop him from dedicating himself to help others.
Not only did Rick give back to the community he grew up in but he was involved in many charities in the towns and cities his career took him to. Aside from his monetary contributions and gift of time, Rick also added to his community simply through his example of hard work and tenacity. He was someone you could relate to and cheer for, always striving to over achieve. Within his hometown of the Crowsnest Pass specifically, he has inspired a generation of youth who seek to follow in his footsteps, both as an athlete and community leader.
The Ricky Ryp Foundation is proud to continue with Rick’s Legacy.