NHL Shocker: Rick Rypien Dead at 27

| by Alex Groberman

Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien was found dead in his Coleman home on Monday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Patrick Webb of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a phone call was made at approximately 12:30 p.m. informing them of an incident at Rypien’s home. Upon arrival, the police found 27-year-old Rypien dead, and ruled it a nonsuspicious case.

Rick’s cousin, Angela Rypien confirmed the death on her Twitter account:

"I will never forget today and what sadness and hurt it has brought upon my family!," she said via Twitter. "R.I.P Rick Rypien, I love you so much and will miss you more than anything!"

Rypien began his trek through the NHL ranks in 2005. He played for the Vancouver Canucks over various portions of six seasons, putting together nine goals and seven assists in the span of 119 games. Most notably, however, he also accumulated 226 penalty minutes for his career.

Last summer, Rypien was signed by Winnipeg as a free agent.

"We are deeply saddened to confirm Rick's passing," said a statement issued by the Jets late Monday. "We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Rypien family as well as Rick's friends. Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team."

A year ago, while he was playing for the Canucks, Rypien was granted an indefinite leave by the team for personal matters. The decision came down after Rypien shockingly attacked fans in the stands as he left the arena.

"It is with tremendous sadness that the Vancouver Canucks confirm the passing of Rick Rypien," the Canucks said in a statement. "Rick has been a beloved member of the Canucks family for the past six years. Rick was a great teammate and friend to our players, coaches and staff. We send our deepest condolences to the Rypien family at this most difficult time."