Rick Rypien suspended 6 games, longest NHL suspension for player-fan fight in 28 years
For making the most ill-advised exit since Steven Slater's, Ryan Rypien has drawn the longest suspension given out by the NHL for a player-fan altercation in 28 years.
Rypien, the Vancouver Canucks' forward, was suspended for six games for getting into a fight with a Minnesota Wild fan Tuesday night. As he entered the tunnel leading to the locker room after drawing a double-minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct for a fight with Brad Staubit, he tussled with a fan who was cheering the fisticuffs.
The suspension is the longest for a player-fan fight since Doug Halward was banished for seven games on March 20, 1982.
The NHL originally suspended him indefinitely pending a hearing and, after meeting with him today, announced the six-game penalty, of which he has already served one game.
The Canucks also have been fined $25,000, as league policy requires.
"Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands," Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career."
| October 22, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
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