When the Lethbridge Hurricanes host the Regina Pats on Saturday night, it will be an extra special evening as the hockey club honours the memory of Rick Rypien.
Rypien died at the age of 27, in 2011 and the following year The Ricky Ryp Foundation was founded by Rick’s brother Wes Jr. for the sole purpose of continuing Rick’s legacy through charitable works. Foundation Member, Ricky Sharma says “it gives awareness for us and really if you think about Rick’s story, it’s pretty incredible how a small town kid (as small as he was) was able to rise up and make it all the way to the NHL, especially battling what he battled for so long and doing what he did in his career.”
Every year the Foundation has grown and the support they’ve been able to give to others has also grown. They started off being able to help five or six people and this year they helped 15 people by donating $85,000.
Members of the Rypien family will be in attendance and on hand for a ceremonial puck drop and donations will also be collected with proceeds going to the Foundation. Fans can also purchase merchandise (shirts, hats etc.) in support of the Foundation.
Tickets for Saturday’s game against the Regina Pats can be purchased at the ENMAX Centre by calling (403) 329-7328 or click here to buy tickets online.