Rick Rypien Suspended for Attacking Hockey Fan

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We know hockey players get into fights all the time, but don't they normally fight with EACH OTHER?

Vancouer Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien was suspended indefinitely Wednesday, pending a disciplinary hearing, for attacking a fan at Tuesday night's game in Minnesota. A Friday morning hearing is scheduled to decide Rypien's fate.

As Rypien was leaving the bench due to a 10-minute misconduct penalty, he reacted to Wild fan James Engquist's taunts by reaching into the stands and pushing him.

"I was just standing straight up applauding as he was getting kicked out," Engquist told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. "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."

"We didn't anticipate any of that from a player of Rick's stature, the person he is," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told the Vancouver Sun. "There were events that led up to it. We are going to support him, he is a valuable member of our team, he is a great character guy. His teammates love him and this is just something totally out of character in my opinion."

Rypien could be facing a very long suspension and even a legal fight, if Engquist decides to sue — and, let's face it, wouldn't you?

 

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