HEART OF A CANUCK

A Canuck demonstrates values of courage, integrity, honour, humility, and passion. This is what we live for.

18 October 2012
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16 October 2012
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Finally found the video for these pictures (Don’t Ever Stop Fighting and Will You Smile For Me) with some help from the Canucks Forums!

And a 'Making Of' Video

#Darcy Hordichuk #Mason Raymond #Rick Rypien #Tanner Glass #Will you smile for me #Don't ever stop fighting

15 October 2012
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Don’t ever stop fighting.

Don’t ever stop fighting.

#Tanner Glass #Rick Rypien #Darcy Hordichuk #Don't ever stop fighting

27 August 2012
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Something I love to do in my spare time is edit videos - so I thought doing a Canucks one would be perfect!  Not just the hockey side of the Vancouver Canucks, but their human side as well.  So I put together some of my favourite moments that I’ve seen on YouTube or here on tumblr (basically what my blog is all about).  I then realized that lots of other people have made ‘fan videos’, but this one still means a lot to me and it really makes me proud to be a Canucks fan because these guys truly do have the ‘Heart of a Canuck’.  So if you decide to take a look, I hope it reminds you as well of how much you love this team.

#Heart of a Canuck #Video #Alex Edler #Dan Hamhuis #Kevin Bieksa #Ryan Kesler #Manny Malholtra #Mason Raymond #Alex Burrows #Daniel Sedin #Henrik Sedin #Cory Schneider #Aaron Rome #Kids #Markus Naslund #Dice and Ice #You Can Play #Jason Garrison #Rick Rypien

17 August 2012
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#Rick Rypien #Edmonton Oilers

16 August 2012
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canucks: It’s ice time. Bieksa lends a hand at the Rick Rypien Memorial Hockey Camp.
I love that he’s in the dressing room tying skates…

canucksIt’s ice time. Bieksa lends a hand at the Rick Rypien Memorial Hockey Camp.

I love that he’s in the dressing room tying skates…

#Kevin Bieksa #Rick Rypien #Rick Rypien Memorial Hockey Camp #Tanner Glass

15 August 2012
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#Rick Rypien #Roberto Luongo #Mind Check

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 What advice can you give to people that may be helping deal with a friend that’s going through the same things (depression/anxiety/mental illness)? Bieksa: Just be supportive and don’t ever think that it’s not as bad as it looks. In a lot of cases, it doesn’t look that bad and you know, like I said, you can’t really fully understand unless you go through it so never take it lightly, listen to all their problems and be as supportive as you can.
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dasasloofoot:

What advice can you give to people that may be helping deal with a friend that’s going through the same things (depression/anxiety/mental illness)?
Bieksa: Just be supportive and don’t ever think that it’s not as bad as it looks. In a lot of cases, it doesn’t look that bad and you know, like I said, you can’t really fully understand unless you go through it so never take it lightly, listen to all their problems and be as supportive as you can.

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#Kevin Bieksa #Rick Rypien #Mind Check

14 August 2012
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You Are Not Alone

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Death isn’t something anyone really likes to talk about. Certainly not something I like to talk about. We soften it, using phrases like “passing away” or “losing a battle”, and it makes sense to do so, for losing someone needs some added softness in most cases. Death isn’t selective in who it takes, and certainly not in who it affects. You don;t have to know someone personally to feel something for them, and you certainly don’t need to know someone personally to be affected by them.

Rick Rypien suffered from depression. I’ve heard a lot of people attribute this depression to the death of his girlfriend as a young man. A lot of questions are asked about the connection between his condition and his role as a fighter. At the end of the day though, despite anything that could have contributed to it, Rick suffered from depression. No one needs a reason or a cause to be depressed. Nothing about depression or suicide is selfish. To be selfish, one must choose themselves above others, and depression is not something   that invites choice. A lot of people seem to confuse something preventable with something selfish. 

Depression and other mental illnesses can be treated and helped. Rick Rypien’s death was certainly a dark cloud that hung over not only the Canucks community, but over the hockey community as a whole, and even beyond that. This cloud will probably never fully disappear, but I do believe that there’s a silver lining. 

The story of Kevin Bieksa and Rick Rypien’s friendship has been told dozens of times over the past year. Bieksa being Rypien’s sole teammate to confide in. Rypien staying with the Bieksa family, being supported by both Kevin and Katie, finding out that kevin would be a daddy before Kevin himself. In the wake of Rick’s death, Kevin and the Canucks organization acted, ensuring that Rick Rypien’s death would not be forgotten, and ensuring that Rick’s plans to help others would not go ignored. 

There’s an awful stigma that surrounds mental illness. It’s no one’s fault. If someone blames another for being depressed, or for having suicidal thoughts, or for having trouble with anxiety, it is literally like blaming them for having cancer. People always seem to say “Okay whoa but it’s not like that because you know… cancer.” or “Yeah it’s not like they can control it but it’s not an illness”. People are at risk, they cannot control it, they are not at fault and treating it like it isn’t a big deal is straight up wrong. 

Depression, anxiety and mental illnesses in general do not have one specific cure. Medicine can help, therapy can help, the act of speaking to someone can help. The Canucks and Bieksa launched Mindcheck.ca as a resource for everyone, especially young people, to learn more about mental health. Bieksa filmed PSAs encouraging people to speak up about depression and to support friends who suffer. The message is not simple, because depression is not simple. Speaking up can mean being totally open about one’s troubles, or it can mean confiding in those you trust. Regardless of how one speaks up, it’s important that they are able to do so. And listening to someone who needs it is equally as important. Depression, like any illness, isn’t a subject that can just be cheerfully brought up in conversation. But it needs to become something that isn’t quickly shoved away and silenced. Because hushing mental illness doesn’t make it go away. 

Yeah so a year after Rick Rypien’s death, it’s still a pretty tough subject for anyone who knew, watched, and loved Rick. He was a little guy, for a hockey player, but he had a huge heart and won fights against guys twice his size on a regular basis. Rick loved being on the ice with his team. He was an energizer- he got the entire arena, including the bench, going. He loved the game, and more so, the people he was with. He wanted to share his story, because he knew so many young people go through similar things. And though he did not get to do this personally, Rick continues to help people, both young and old. He deserves to have his life remembered in the wonderful way that it has been. Don’t let anyone tell you that Rick Rypien was anything less than a fighter, a hero and a wonderful man, and remember him the way his closest friend does: caring, genuine, and selfless.

Well said - it’s important to talk about it and ask for help if you need it.  It isn’t anything to be ashamed of, and you are not alone.

#Mind Check #Rick Rypien #Kevin Bieksa

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12 August 2012
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“I am the friend of somebody who experienced depression. I know it isn’t a choice. It’s not a weakness, self-inflicted, or a result of not trying. Sometimes you just can’t get over it - it won’t just go away. Pretending it isn’t happening doesn’t help; talking about it does. Getting support early can make the difference. Helping someone we care about is not a burden. I pledge to learn the signs. I will not judge. I will have compassion. I will reach out, listen, talk, help, and find help. My name is Kevin Bieksa, I will not stay silent.”

- Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks for mindcheck.ca

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8 July 2012
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“I am the friend of somebody who experienced depression. I know it isn’t a choice. It’s not a weakness, self-inflicted, or a result of not trying. Sometimes you just can’t get over it - it won’t just go away. Pretending it isn’t happening doesn’t help; talking about it does. Getting support early can make the difference. Helping someone we care about is not a burden. I pledge to learn the signs. I will not judge. I will have compassion. I will reach out, listen, talk, help, and find help. My name is Kevin Bieksa, I will not stay silent.”

- Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks for mindcheck.ca


I urge everyone - whether you are a hockey fan or not - to reblog this message. As someone who is dealing with depression, having the proper support makes all the difference. Please educate yourselves; it could save someone’s life.

#Kevin Bieksa #Rick Rypien

17 June 2012
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Don’t put hockey number one. For me, I never put hockey number one – I always had other things going on in my life. Growing up, I would still play baseball and golf and other activities. I didn’t want hockey to be the only thing in my life and I wouldn’t do anything else because I think kids get sick of it and won’t pursue it later on in life. There’s people out there, who really enjoy it will do other things too and become a complete athlete. When you get to 18-19, is when you can start thinking about making sacrifices. When you’re growing up, don’t sacrifice other things for the sake of hockey.

- David Booth


Have fun.  I think something especially at the professional level, there are days when it can seem like a lot of work and a tough job but you play better when you love the game and want to be out there as opposed to playing frustrated or playing upset. Enjoying the game is a way better motivator so always remember to have fun.

- Dan Hamhuis




Don’t give up your dream. It takes a lot of hard work, there are a lot of setbacks. A lot of times, for myself, there were a couple years where I wasn’t one of the better players and I started to doubt myself, so believe in yourself, work hard and you’ll achieve your goals.

You just keep going, keep plugging away and you always try to get better, that’s the main thing. When you’re younger, pretty much everything you can work on, you can get faster, you can get stronger, the only thing you can’t do is grow. If you’re a short guy, make sure you’re one of the strongest guys.

- Kevin Bieksa


Enjoy playing the game and have fun – that’s what the game is for.

- Cody Hodgson

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Play, hard, enjoy it, but try to do it while getting your education.

- Willie Mitchell




Just work hard.  If you work hard, it doesn’t matter about skill that much, it’s about hard work.

- Ryan Kesler



Just go out there and have fun. If you work your hardest and do things that you’re good at, enjoy the game, things will be okay.

I know it’s a cliché but just never give up.  Always live your dream and live it to the fullest.

- Mason Raymond

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Believe in yourself and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. You just have to believe in yourself and if you want it bad enough, you can do it.

- Rick Rypien



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