Rick Rypien has earned a reputation for being tough and his fight history backs that up. He’ll take on anybody and he’ll do well.
With a boxer dad growing up, he naturally had an interest in boxing (and we’ve seen that he picked up some technique along the way as well) and there’s no greater fighter than Muhammad Ali.
Maybe more for pleasure than research but his books of choice reflect that interest.
"I probably read magazines more than books but the few books that I do have are like the Muhammad Ali books about his story and his background."
"I think I got them when I was younger maybe 18 or 19, I got my first one about him and over the years have picked up a few more here and there. I’ve read them all and I’ve read them all a few times."
There are over 30 books about the legendary boxer but that only touches the surface of the numerous movies, magazines, photographs, and music that he’s influenced. And of all the books, Rypien does have a favourite (although it took a few minutes to choose just the one).
"I liked the one called ‘Facing Ali’ the best. Every chapter’s a different fighter that he fought, giving their version of how it went down when they fought him and their side of the story."
'Facing Ali', a film documentary based on the book, debuted at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Rypien was in attendance, as well as a very special guest.
"Hordichuk and I went to the premiere for the movie when they had it in Vancouver. We actually got to meet him and we were with him. We watched the movie actually with Muhammad Ali."