Rick Rypien Suspended Six Games For Grabbing Minnesota Fan

Rick Rypien has been suspended six games by the NHL grabbing a Minnesota Wild fan this week. He learned his fate at a hearing in New York with league officials on Friday.

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NHL Suspends Rick Rypien Six Games For Grabbing Fan

The NHL has suspended Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks six games for grabbing James Engquist, a Minnesota Wild fan, at a game at Xcel Energy Center this week.

From the League:

Including the game already served while Friday’s hearing was pending, Rypien will be eligible to return to play Nov. 6 against Detroit. The Canucks also were fined $25,000, as required by League policy.

"Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career."

For more, visit Nucks Misconduct and Hockey Wilderness.


Minnesota Fan In Rypien Incident Will Seek Lawyer, Says He Was 'Assaulted'

The Minnesota Wild fan who was grabbed by Vancouver's Rick Rypien on Tuesday night says he will be getting a lawyer. James Engquist, 28, told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune today that he was assaulted by Rypien and that legal representation is in his future.

From Russo:

Engquist attended the Wild-Vancouver game with his brother, Peter, getting seats directly behind the visitors' bench as a gift from their father: "I was just standing straight up applauding as he was getting kicked out. He was out of control. And then I said, 'Way to be professional,' and he obviously didn’t care for that comment and decided to grab me and almost dragged me over the rail. If my brother wasn’t grabbing me and the other player wasn't grabbing him, he probably would have dragged me over the edge."

Perhaps the most damning account of Engquist's testimony to Russo this afternoon surrounds the allegation that the NHL didn't contact him at all in the aftermath. Not a phone call from either team, from Rypien or from the league, he says. That seems like quite the PR blunder, should Engquist be telling the truth.

For more on this story, visit Nucks Misconduct, Hockey Wilderness and SB Nation Minnesota.


NHL Suspends Rick Rypien At Least Five Games

The NHL announced today that Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks will be suspended, pending a hearing, following his altercation with a fan in Minnesota on Tuesday night.

TORONTO (October 20, 2010) -- Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended, pending a hearing, as a result of becoming involved in an altercation with a fan during NHL Game #76 last night in Minnesota. The incident took place at 13:38 of the second period. The League will have no comment until the matter has been resolved.

Usually, these suspension talks are held over the phone, but this time, the NHL is calling Rypien all the way to the principal's office in New York. An in-person hearing means that the suspension will be longer than five games, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

Most fans expect the suspension to be much, much longer than that.

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