October 22nd, 2010, 11:08 AM #121
October 22nd, 2010, 12:46 PM #122
Gary Bettman on the suspension:
"Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career."
As noted by Bettman here is what the teams and players were advised. On August 23, 2010, a memorandum was issued to all General Managers, Coaches and Players to serve as a reminder on discipline for the 2010-11 season. Following is an excerpt from the section that addressed "Contact with Fans":
"Under no circumstances are Club personnel -- either players or non-players -- permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands. Even where a fan is verbally abusive, intoxicated, or profane, Club personnel should either ignore the conduct or, where appropriate, seek the assistance of police or security personnel at the arena.
"Accordingly, please be on notice that all Club personnel (management, coaches, trainers, and/or players) who engage in any form of physical contact with fans, including the squirting of water, will, on a going forward basis, be subject to discipline in the form of a suspension. The Club involved will also be subject to a fine."
Mike Gillis' reaction:
"We understand and respect the League's decision today regarding Rick Rypien. While this game is played with passion and intensity, the safety of all of our fans and players is of the utmost importance at all times," said Canucks' GM Mike Gillis in a statement. "Throughout his career Rick has been well respected by his teammates, coaches, fellow players and our community. Rick is a valued member of our organization and we will continue to support him and all of his teammates to ensure incidents like this do not happen in the future."
*Taken from HF*
Last edited by Drunken Crunker; October 22nd, 2010 at 12:48 PM.
October 22nd, 2010, 12:53 PM #123
What a ****ing joke. 6 games? Are you KIDDING me?! This gives idiots like Rypien another shot at a fan. I say someone uppercuts one of the green guys in Vancouver next time and see what happens.
October 22nd, 2010, 12:56 PM #124
6 games? Lmao.
Add about 25-30 to that and now we're talking. I guess the NHL doesn't want to set a precedent about players attacking fans. 25k is pocket change to the Canucks and 6 games won't do **** to deter Rypien or anyone else from doing it again.
October 22nd, 2010, 02:55 PM #125
Only 6 games?!?!?!? Talk about absurd...
I was thinking 15 would do the job, but a measly 6? Nooooooo.
October 22nd, 2010, 03:26 PM #126
I know many of you will probably disagree with me based on the replies but I'll put my two cents in anyway.
- He didn't kill the guy.
- He didn't even punch the guy.
Yes... he grabbed the fan and that's a huge no-no, but nothing happened from it. Things got resolved pretty quickly. I'm sure Rick Rypien knows he's in the wrong here and won't ever do it again.
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October 22nd, 2010, 08:22 PM #127
i agree with you.
Originally Posted by TooCool
he never should've done it and i don't condone it. he's probably not a very bright guy and was acting in the heat of the moment. i'm sure the backlash and this suspension will make him think twice in the future. i definitely expected 5-10 games. not surprised with 6. i'm pretty sure it'd have been more if the guy he grabbed was injured or if it went further than it did. same as stuff on the ice. players get smaller penalties when the person they hit/slash/etc don't end up injured.
besides, again, not that i'm condoning it, but we also don't have rypien's side of the story. (how regretful he is, what enquist said to bother him, etc.) maybe campbell sympathized a bit with him? who knows.
October 22nd, 2010, 09:19 PM #128
Anyone think he knew right away that grabbing the guy was wrong and maybe he stopped himself from doing anything else?
He shouldn't have done it and I think 6 games isn't enough. 10 should have been the minimum.
October 23rd, 2010, 12:09 PM #129
I hear the people who are calling for his head and saying a season long ban and I wonder what they think about what happened in the past and became hockey lore, i.e. Millbury, the Rangers, Domi, etc. Would they want all those players banned from hockey?
I completely understand the sue-happy society we live in, and the black mark this gives hockey in the media, but, dammit, there's just something damn punk rock about what Rypien did. Not condoning it at all, he's a moron for doing it, but all that being said, c'mon, that's pretty metal right there.
Come to a hockey game and you just might get your a$$ handed to you. Old time hockey. Like Eddie Shore. I kinda like it.
October 24th, 2010, 11:27 PM #130
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