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.
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.
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.
Carcillo with rights, Rypien with lefts.
The opposing-arm toe-to-toe fights are always great to watch.
Here's that southpaw style creating another great fight. Neither Prust or Rypien wanted to switch their throwing arm.
Same game as the previous fight, Round Two was also a great fight once the two stopped wrestling.
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.
Clune clearly started this fight, but didn't know what to do once it got going and left with a separated shoulder.
An unusually short fight for Janssen consisted of him obliging Rypien's toe-to-toe request.
This fight is from Rypien's AHL days. Rypien is in the white jersey.
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.