Rick Rypien's Top 10 Fights

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIAugust 16, 2011

Rick Rypien's Top 10 Fights

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    Rick Rypien only scored nine NHL goals in his career. He was a minus-15 player who accumulated 226 penalty minutes over 119 games.

    What Rypien did not possess in terms of hockey skill was more than compensated for by what his game did provide.

    He fought over 90 times in the WHL, AHL, and NHL. Nearly all of those fights were against someone bigger.

    Admiration for a player with such audacity is undeniable.

    This 5' 11" man who weighed just 190 pounds was a fearless hockey player.

    Rick Rypien played hard, fought hard and never backed down from even the scariest of opponents.

No. 10: Rypien vs. Zach Stortini (December 26, 2009)

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    The uncommon blocking situation Rypien used here is a result of his decision to fight a southpaw style.

    Most of the time, players will use their gripping arm for blocking and holding the opponent away. The awkward look is due to the opening created by the non-standard style.

No. 9: Rypien vs. Ole-Kristian Tollefson (February 29, 2008)

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    The most notable moment of Tollefson's career thus far is the day he was traded for Ville Leino, helping the Philadelphia Flyers' 2010 Stanley Cup finals run.

    He didn't do very well in this fight against Rypien.

No. 8: Rypien vs. Dan Carcillo (March 17, 2008)

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    Carcillo with rights, Rypien with lefts.

    The opposing-arm toe-to-toe fights are always great to watch.

No. 7: Rypien vs. Brandon Prust (January 9, 2010)

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    Here's that southpaw style creating another great fight. Neither Prust or Rypien wanted to switch their throwing arm.

No. 6: Rypien vs. Prust Round 2

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    Same game as the previous fight, Round Two was also a great fight once the two stopped wrestling.

No. 5: Rypien vs. Brad May (November 12, 2009)

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    Brad May is the closest the Detroit Red Wings have been to an enforcer since Darren McCarty left.

    Unlike fighters in previous slides, May switches to left to match Rypien in this hard-swinging toe-to-toe bout.

No. 4; Rypien vs. Richard Clune (April 23, 2010)

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    Clune clearly started this fight, but didn't know what to do once it got going and left with a separated shoulder.

No. 3: Rypien vs. Cam Janssen (December 31, 2009)

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    An unusually short fight for Janssen consisted of him obliging Rypien's toe-to-toe request.

No. 2: Rypien vs. Brendan Brooks (November 7, 2006)

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    This fight is from Rypien's AHL days. Rypien is in the white jersey.

No. 1: Rypien vs. Boris Valabik (December 10, 2009)

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    The previous fights may have been more entertaining, but if there is one Rypien fight everyone knows it's this one.

    Despite giving up eight inches in height and 50 pounds of weight to Valabik, Rypien wins.

    Rypien forced Valabik to turtle, showing that since he knew how to fight, size didn't really matter.