In remembrance of Rypien, we present these stories to you again.In the wake of Rypien’s death, which was revealed to be related to mental illness, the Canucks partnered with the Canucks for Kids Foundation, Fraser Health and Provincial Health Services Authority and BC Children’s Hospital to establish mindcheck.ca, a program “to help youth and young adults in British Columbia check out how they’re feeling and quickly connect to mental health resources and support.You wonder about this group, so weathered from heartbreak.In four years, the organization has dealt with the deaths of Luc Bourdon, Taylor Pyatt’s fiancée Carly Bragnalo, and now Rick Rypien. At the time, his death came as a shock, to both fans and teammates.Over the following few days, The Province and The Sun spoke to former coaches, managers and teammates to get a better sense of the young man.You can probably add Manny Malhotra and all the emotion that was wrapped up in him after he nearly lost his eye. Is it more able to cope and heal today than it was four years ago, or is it increasingly fragile from the unfortunate and painful pile-on?
Marc was drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) first overall by the Penguins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Support includes education, self-care tools, website links, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.” It was a grim, saddened general manager Mike Gillis who met with media Tuesday in Toronto.
For the third time in four years, he was left trying to explain the unexplainable, another tragedy that has impacted him, his staff and the players on his team.
Marc played major junior in the QMJHL for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, beginning in 2000–01.
After a strong 2002–03 campaign that included a silver medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships and QMJHL Second Team All-Star honours, he was chosen first overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.