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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Rick Rypien suspended 6 games, longest NHL suspension for player-fan fight in 28 years

By Cindy Boren

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."

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
Categories:  NHL  
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First, Rypien should have been arrested. If he is presently in Canada, he should be arrested on his return to the United States.

Second, those fans should not have been ejected or moved, and I hope they are well compensated.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | October 22, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Thats what you get when you mess with a hockey player. Those bros are so wound up, and of course, it was right after a fight. Those 2 fans should be thankful they still have recognizable faces. Im sure they learned their lesson. No harm no foul

Posted by: Somy | October 22, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

What kind of coward takes a cheap shot at a fan who was just one of probably hundreds or thousands cheering at the time? Ryan Rypien is the biggest wuss in the NHL. Can't wait till he gets back on the ice so he can get worked over by a goon.

Posted by: fitzroysq | October 23, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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