VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks have granted forward Rick Rypien an indefinite leave of absence.
It’s the second time in three years the 26-year-old has left the team to deal with undisclosed personal matters. Earlier in the season, Rypien got a six-game suspension from the NHL after grabbing a fan on his way to the dressing room in Minnesota.
Rypien has been a healthy scratch the last three games, and has one assist and 31 penalty minutes in nine games this season.
Rypien, the cousin of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, also took a extended unexplained personal leave after a rash of injuries two years ago, missing 70 games during the 2008-09 season.