For a guy who scored nine NHL goals in 119 games, Rick Rypien was a huge fan favourite.

He barely said boo, but his 226 minutes in penalties and willingness to take on all comers, the bigger the better, endeared the 5-foot-10, 185-pound pit bull to Canucks faithful over parts of six seasons.

And fans still have him in mind, a year after he committed suicide at his home in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.