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.
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.