Last night during the Vancouver Canucks Minnesota Wild game, Canucks forward Rick Rypien got physical with a Wild fan. The altercation happened after Rypien was sent to the locker roomf ollowing a fight with Minnesota’s Brad Staubitz. Rypien shoved the fan who was taunting him and was pulled away by teammate Manny Malhotra.
The fan was removed from the arena, and Rypien has been suspended indefinitely.
This is not the first time an NHL player has gotten physical with a fan. In 2001, NHL resident bad boy Tie Domi got in a fight in the penalty box when a Philadelphia Flyer fan fell over the glass. No formal charges were laid, but the fan was ejected from the building, and Domi was fined, but not suspended, by the NHL. Stories like these are why hockey is better than every other sport.