Not too long ago, It was James Wisniewski who made some noise in the hockey world with an obscene gesture that drew some harsh criticism from around the hockey world. Now it’s Rick Rypien’s turn. Recently, in the second period of a Minnesota Wild-Vanocuver Canucks game, Rick Rypien grabbed the jersey of a fan while on his way to the locker room after an altercation with Brad Staubitz on the ice. Everyone is calling for Rypien to be severely disciplined; yet no one seems to want to ask Rick Rypien for his side of the story.
Here are the Top 10 Rick Rypien Excuses.
10 – It’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” Month. I was just checking the fan for breast lumps.
9 – I barely touched the guy. It doesn’t make it dangerous just because had it been Josh Harding, his spine would have fractured from the impact of the gentle tug.
8 – I hate these double standards. What I did to that guy, Dan Ellis does all the time but no one says anything. Although, I guess when he does it he’s just trying to steal their wallet.
7 – Lets look at the facts. It didn’t last long at all, people are getting excited for no reason and months from now everyone will look back on this and realize how a big deal was made out of nothing. Kind of like the Leafs being in first place.
6 – It all happened so fast. I noticed a Minnesota Wild jersey, and I didn’t recognize the guy, so I figured the person taunting me must be one of their recent first round picks.
5 – That fan was just lucky backup goaltender Cory Schneider, not Roberto Luongo, was there to stop me, because Luongo can’t stop anything.
4 – I made contact with someone and quickly walked away to avoid any further confrontation. What’s wrong with that? In Montreal they simply call that “pulling a Maxim Lapierre.”
3 – James Wisniewski only got 2 games for an oral sex gesture, so I should get less considering my gesture was only foreplay.
2 – Traffic is bad after games, I was just leaving early to beat the crowd.
1 – If the fan didn’t want to get assaulted, he should have gone to see Ottawa play. The Senators players can’t beat anyone.
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.