Jets to honour Rypien with helmet decal

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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets will honour Rick Rypien throughout the 2011-12 season by wearing a special decal on their helmets.

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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets will honour Rick Rypien throughout the 2011-12 season by wearing a special decal on their helmets.

The double “R” initials in blue, the Jets main colour, inside a black circle first appeared on the team’s gear this week while players are skating informally at the MTS Iceplex.

Rypien, 27, was found dead in his home in Coleman, Alta., on Aug. 14, just a little more than an month away from the Jets training camp.

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec has the initials "RR" with a black circle around them on the back of his helmet. All players will wear the decal as a way to honour the late Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien.

He had played parts of five different AHL seasons for the Manitoba Moose since 2005, when he burst onto the scene here as the fiesty, underweight underdog who wasn’t afraid of anything.

Rypien played for the Moose again late last season and into the Calder Cup playoffs after returning from his second leave of absence — he was now known to have been battling depression — with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.

The undrafted forward signed a one-year contract worth $700,000 early this summer once the NHL free-agent season opened.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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