Canucks for Kids Fund helps launch in memory of Rick Rypien

One of the main reasons I appreciate the Vancouver Canucks so much is the work they do in the community. Whether it’s large donations like those made by the Sedin twins to BC Children’s hospital or helping to build a playground at a school in Burnaby, the Canucks are constantly and personally involved in charity work around the city of Vancouver and province of British Columbia.

On Tuesday, the team announced that the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) is helping to launch, a resource website to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness. The website will be part of the legacy of Rick Rypien, who passed away last August after a long struggle with depression.

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It goes without saying how badly the Canucks could have used a functional fourth line in the Stanley Cup Final, but I’ll say it anyway: on numerous occasions, Boston’s fourth line gave the Bruins momentum-changing shifts while the Canucks’ fourth line sat on the bench, awaiting or reminiscing their only shift of the period.

It was clear that there wasn’t a single fourth-liner in the Canucks organization Alain Vigneault trusted. That’s pretty damning (especially since AV loves his depth guys). This might explain why the Canucks didn’t have much of a problem with the mass exodus that took place over the weekend, as they let nearly every fourth-liner they had sign somewhere else.

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