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The career of former NHL player Rick Rypien

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Vancouver Canucks Rick Rypien celebrates his first ever NHL goal during play against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, British Columbia December 21, 2005.

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Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks sports fresh stitches in his nose as a result of his fight with Ian Laperriere of the Colorado Avalanche during their game at General Motors Place on December 2, 2006.

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Vancouver Canucks center Rick Rypien battles Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook for the puck in the second period of their NHL hockey game in Chicago, March 2, 2008.

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Vancouver Canucks' Rick Rypien fights Edmonton Oilers' Zach Stortini during first period NHL hockey action in Edmonton on Monday, October 19, 2009.

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Vancouver Canucks Rick Rypien pauses for a moment during a Canucks practice session at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010.

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