Down 5-1 to the Minnesota Wild, Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien, in a vain attempt to fire up his teammates, tried to goad Minnesota’s Brad Staubitz into yet another fight. Only this time, the officials intervened immediately and before the scrap could get going, separated the pair.
Rypien was assessed a double minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct before being sent off. It was right about then that Rypien thought it would be a good idea to give the official a shove, which, as you probably know, is never a good idea.
What happened next though is much, much worse.
A youngish looking Wild fan gave Rypien a sarcastic clap as he headed down the hallway towards the dressing room, a gesture Rypien didn’t take too kindly. So he did what any normal, rational person would do—he went after the fan, grabbing him by the shirt, before teammate Manny Malhotra pulled him away.
Video of Rypien’s assault after the jump…
Sure, that barely qualifies as assault, but who knows how far Rypien was ready to take it had Malhotra and the fan’s companion not intervened. And if you’re wondering, the fan and his buddy weren’t kicked out, but rather they were moved to a different section.
Rypien can expect a call from Colin Campbell tomorrow, no doubt to discuss the Canuck forward’s forthcoming unpaid vacation from hockey.
[H/T to Hockey Wilderness]