The Vancouver Canucks
will honor Rick Rypien
before their game against the New York Rangers
on Thursday with an on-ice ceremony along with a video tribute that will be streamed live on Canucks.com.
Rypien died during the summer after a long bout with depression. He spent all six of his NHL seasons with the Canucks.
It will be an emotional night at Rogers Arena, but it may hit home the hardest for Kevin Bieksa
"The best way to describe our relationship was that we were like brothers. We knew each other for a long time," said Bieksa, who was teammates with Rypien with the Canucks and Manitoba Moose, the team's AHL affiliate. "Our relationship began in hockey and going to war with each other. We both played the game the same way and bonded over that.
"He was a very genuine person with a huge heart. He really cared about other people. He was very selfless. He cared a lot about what other people thought. He wanted to make everybody happy and make everybody proud. On the ice he would stick up for his teammates. He wasn't the biggest guy but he would do whatever it took for his teammates. Same thing with his family. He was just a fun guy to be around and a team favorite."
The game will be broadcast across Canada on TSN.