According to CTV Vancouver (www.ctv.ca), former Vancouver Canucks player Rick Rypien was found dead in his home early this evening.
More details to follow about the cause of death.
After playing 9 games with the Canucks last season, Rypien was sent to the Manitoba Moose for conditioning following an injury. He later signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Winnipeg Jets.
Rypien is the latest NHL player to have passed since Derek Boogaard. Boogaard passed away three months ago after ingesting a lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol.
Rypien was 27.
Our condolences to the Rypien family.