Player Suspended for Fan Incident
Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended by the NHL for his altercation with a fan during a game at Minnesota this week. The league announced the suspension Wednesday, but indicated it will have no further comment until the matter is resolved. The incident happened during Tuesday night’s Canucks-Minnesota Wild game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Rypien was leaving the ice in the second period and heading to the dressing room after a misconduct penalty when he passed a Wild fan along the railing who was applauding the departure. Rypien shoved the fan with both hands in the chest and grabbed his shirt before being pulled away by a teammate. The fan, did not make contact with Rypien or reach beyond the railing, was not injured and was moved to another area of the arena.