Aug 16, 2011 1:17 PM by Adam Knapik
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Longtime friend and former teammate Jason Jaffray says Rick Rypien seemed happy in the days before his death and was eager to join a new NHL team in Winnipeg.
Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home Monday. He played with Jaffray with the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.
The Jets confirmed Rypien's death in a statement Monday night. The police in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, said they received a call Monday afternoon about a "sudden and non-suspicious" death.
There was no immediate word on the cause of death. Jets
assistant general manager Craig Heisinger was expected to speak at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Rypien was 27. He spent parts of six seasons with the Canucks
organization. He played only nine games with Vancouver last season and spent most of the year dealing with personal issues.