On August 15 the hockey world lost a good man and a tough enforcer. Rick Rypien was only 27 years old and left the world far too soon.
Many people have speculated that Rypien suffered from depression and likely committed suicide because of his mental demons. But rather than discuss his mental health and how he died, I have decided to recognize Rypien for being a tough hockey player and a talented fighter on the Vancouver Canucks. After all, this is what most of us knew him for and it shows how much passion Rypien played the game with.
Being a fighter in hockey might be the toughest job in all of professional sports. At any given moment you have to drop your gloves and throw your cold, bare fists into another players’ helmet while risking getting knocked out on the ice.
But Rypien did his job well and was one of the best enforcers in Canucks history. So what is his ranking on the all-time list of the Canucks best fighters?
It’s time to find out as I take a look back at the ultimate tough guys in the 40-year history of the Vancouver Canucks!
The criteria for how I ranked these fighters is based on the number of fights as a Canuck, how successful the player was in those fights, the quality of opponents and the overall power and fighting skills of the player.
Before I begin, I must credit hockeyfights.com and dropyourgloves.com as the sources for all the fighting statistics I reference in this list, such as the number of fights and the fighting records of certain players.
There are plenty of videos showcasing each fighters toughness, so keep your eyes pealed for the links in every slide. Now let’s get started and countdown the top 20 fighters in Canucks history. Enjoy!