National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement regarding the passing of Winnipeg Jets
forward Rick Rypien
, 27, who was found dead in his home in Crowsnest Pass, AB., on Monday:
"The National Hockey League sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Rick Rypien
, who played the game with so much energy and emotion and whose passing fills us all with a sense of immeasurable sadness and sorrow."
The Winnipeg Jets
also issued a statement Monday night:
"We are deeply saddened to confirm Rick's passing. As many people are aware, he had strong ties to True North Sports & Entertainment, the Winnipeg Jets
Hockey Club, the former Manitoba Moose Hockey Club and the Vancouver Canucks
. We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Rypien family as well as Rick's friends. We also appreciate all of the support that has come pouring in from Rick's fans. 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."
Rypien spent the first six years of his career with the Vancouver organization after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005.
Monday night, the Canucks released a statement as well:
"It is with tremendous sadness that the Vancouver Canucks
confirm the passing of Rick Rypien
. 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."
The National Hockey League Players' Association released a statement on Rypien's passing Tuesday morning.
"All Players and NHLPA staff are saddened to learn of Rick’s passing," Executive Director Donald Fehr said. "He was a respected member of our Association and will be greatly missed throughout the hockey community. Our sincere condolences go out to Rick’s family, friends and many fans."