No phone call yet from the WHL telling me to stop doing what I did last night, inspired by this NFL referee:
So when #16 Ryley Lindgren from the Lethbridge Hurricanes and #23 Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice were called for roughing, it seemed far more fun to alter it to, “2 minutes for giving each other the business.”
Then, this happened.
Lethbridge, AB – 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.