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Matt Greene #2 of the Los Angeles Kings holds up the Stanley Cup after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup series 4-2 in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
(June 10, 2012 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Ottawa announces plans to construct monument to Stanley Cup (and Lord Stanley)


On the 121st anniversary of Lord Stanley of Preston gifting the Stanley Cup, Ottawa’s Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Committee announced that it would construct a monument to that moment on Monday. NHL.com collects reports that indicate it could be unveiled on March 18, 2017 – 125 years after the idea was hatched.

It’s expected that the monument will be paid for by donations/sponsors, covering estimated costs of $7-$8 million, according to NHL.com.

Here are some details about where it might be located:

According to multiple Canadian media reports, a monument to Lord Stanley of Preston, the governor general of Canada, will be located on city-owned land near the intersection of Sparks and Elgin streets — not far from where the idea of what would become the Stanley Cup originated.

Check out this video regarding the plan:

Fans gather at Rogers Arena to celebrate Rick Rypien

Tyler Stychyshyn

Amidst a tragic and confusing time, fans in Vancouver decided to take the opportunity to honor Rick Rypien with a makeshift memorial at Rogers Arena on Wednesday afternoon. A Facebook group announced that there would be a gathering set up between 2:00-8:00 to pay their respects to a player who was known for giving it his all for his team. At the memorial there were books for fans to sign and express condolences—the line to sign the books that will be sent off to the Rypien family was at times 40-50 people long. Organizers said that halfway through the memorial that there were already 500 signatures and messages of condolences in the books with many more expected throughout the late afternoon and early evening. Even hours after the memorial was set to conclude, people are still paying their respects on a Facebook page set up for well-wishers. (You can as well.)

Here’s an example of the type of fans who showed up to pay their respects. From Mike Raptis of the Vancouver Province:

“30-year-old Dave Morgan from Vancouver brought the last Manitoba Moose jersey Rypien wore to the memorial and has talked to the Canucks organization about giving it back to the Rypien family.

“If the family would like it, I’m more than happy to send it off to them and bring them some happy memories,” Morgan said.

“If they don’t want it, then it will bring me happy memories for the rest of my life.”

From the CBC:

“He wasn’t a huge guy but he would always stick up for his teammates. He kind of inspired me to be tougher in my own life.”

The Canucks official site captured the scene with a good slideshow of various photos from the fan memorial outside Rogers Arena.

While there will be plenty of people using this tragedy to springboard a greater debate, today we focus on celebrating the life and career of a man whose soul had far too many demons. We celebrate the player who played with kind of speed and energy that even the hockey novice could understand. We celebrate a player who would stick up for his teammates and brought excitement to the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose for the last seven years. Save the debate for another day: today fighting is a part of our game—and you’d be hard pressed to a better pound-for-pound fighter than Rypien.

Without further adieu, here are some of his career highlights with the Ripper doing what he did best.

Oh, it’s playmaking you want? Rypien provided this beaut as well:

On this day where fans celebrated his life, our thoughts go out to his friends and family. We can’t even imagine the grief… may Rick rest in peace.

Update (8/18/11): Nucks Misconduct has some good pictures that captured the event very well.

Canucks fans plan to memoralize Rick Rypien at Rogers Arena on Wednesday

Darcy Hordicchuk Rick Rypien

Regardless of how it happened, Rick Rypien’s death saddened many in the hockey world tonight. Twitter and other Internet venues have seen many accounts of support for the fallen enforcer as word surfaced that he died at the age of 27.

In tough times like these, it’s important to look beyond tragic ends and remember the positive impact a person made. Rypien signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets in June, but every game he played in the NHL took place in a Vancouver Canucks sweater.

Much like Derek Boogaard with the Minnesota Wild, it’s likely that Rypien’s death will hit Canucks fans the hardest of any NHL fan base. It only makes sense, then, that Canucks fans look like they will follow in the footsteps of Wild fans by memorializing Rypien on Wednesday. As you may remember, about 350 Wild fans gathered at Xcel Energy Center to pay tribute to Boogaard, with the informal memorial service also including comments by Boogaard’s family members and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.

According to that Facebook event, the “Rick Rypien Celebration of Life” will take place at 2 pm (pacific time) at the Roger Nielson statue outside of Rogers Arena. We’ll keep an eye on what’s likely to be a very emotional event.

(H/T to Nucks Misconduct.)