Anyone expecting Vancouver Canucks fans to stick up for Rick Rypien might have to wait awhile. The boys over at Nucks Misconduct pin this one on Rypien:
The replay showed the fan did nothing wrong. He mock-clapped and probably mouthed off, the same thing thousands of others do on a nightly basis in any arena.
It's not going to be easy for Rypien to find support in this incident. There was no physical contact, the fan didn't throw anything at him, Rypien wasn't in physical danger. He simply snapped, nothing more, and made a terrible decision. That decision may cost him his season.