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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