"Hockey won't hold still to give you a better look. You wouldn't want it to anyway. It's the action that makes the possibilities endless."
One of my fav Rypien stories
Read more: Rick Rypien 'would take on the world' for teammates: former colleaguesKyle Lamb spent parts of two seasons with the Pats, rooming with Rypien on the road in his second year, and puts the Coleman, Alta., native up there with some of the best teammates he's ever played alongside.
“Everyone in the league saw him as this stone-faced killer, but on the inside he was just the nicest guy who cared about you on and off the ice,” said Lamb, recalling one particular life lesson he'll never soon forget.
“My dad had bought me a Pathfinder to drive out there, it was a standard, and Rick owned a big green truck that was also stick, so he told me he'd teach me to drive it. We were stopped on this hill waiting for the light and without me knowing he slid it into neutral and when I set to take off we rolled down the hill, almost smashing into a car behind us. He was laughing his head off and said, 'always look at the stick to make sure you're in gear before taking your foot off the brake.' It's something I still do to this day.”