It was a very moving ceremony that honoured Rypien's life and showed that he was more than just a hockey player. With that being said, we knew him as a Canuck and more specifically as a fighter for the Canucks, so what better way to honour him one last time than to showcase his best fights and recognize his heart and determination as an NHL tough guy.
Rypien was a very talented fighter who often took on players much bigger than him, as he stood at only 5'11" and weighed anywhere between 170 and 195 pounds during his NHL career.
In determining Rypien's best fights as a member of the Canucks, I took into consideration how well Rypien did in the fight, but also how entertaining the fight was along with the quality of his opponent.
The reason I decided to go with his top 15 fights instead of another arbitrary number is because Rypien wore No. 15 during his first couple of seasons as a Canuck, which some of you may not have known.
So not only do you get to be entertained by Rypien's 15 best fights as a Canuck, but you also get a history lesson. Lucky you!
I hope you enjoy watching 15 great fights by a person who will be sorely missed in all our hearts.