Top 11 of ’11: Canadian Sports Stories

Canada is a great and unique country and in 2011 we showed just how great and unique we were in the sports world. The Canadian Sports world is a unique one as there is a clear cut favorite that cannot be debated. BC is known as a baseball factory and the prairies are in love with their football but from East to West and North to South there is no bigger sport than hockey.

What is Wrong in the NHL?

It all started in the late spring 2011 when I was sitting at a local Toronto bar and saw a report on the TV that was a little shocking. I saw a picture of Derek Boogaard and underneath it had the report that Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers enforcer, had been found dead in his home. Later it was revealed that the death was a result of an accidental mix of alcohol and painkillers, to which Boogaard was addicted. I thought to myself, what a sad story that an NHL player passed away well before his time. It has not been completely unusual to see this every now and then in professional sports, especially as a fan of the NFL, but then something else happened.

Depression Stigma Needs to Stop

Rick Rypien was a good Canadian guy who played hockey the way Canadians love and did so with a great heart. Coming off of a bad season where he only played 9 games for the Canucks and was suspended for attempting to fight a fan as he walked to the locker room, Rypien was looking to have a new start in Winnipeg. Unfortunately for him and everyone that knew him this fresh start will never happen. Rypien was found dead at his family home in Alberta, the RCMP ruled the death non-suspicious and sudden. As information has been slowly released about Rypien’s life it was revealed that he had been battling with Depression for many years and that this depression may have had a role in his death.

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