ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Reuters) - Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien is expected to face a National Hockey League disciplinary hearing after he confronted and pushed a fan during his team’s 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
The incident occurred in the second period as Rypien was heading to his team’s dressing room after being assessed a double minor penalty for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
Footage of the incident, which has already been posted on video-sharing website You Tube, showed the fan applauding before Rypien pushed the fan in the chest and attempted to grab him before being pulled away by a team mate.
“I think we are going to wait and see how the league views it, get their opinion tomorrow and I‘m sure there will be a hearing of some sort and go from there,” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told the Vancouver Sun’s online edition (www.vancouversun.com/sports).
“I haven’t talked to Rick, I don’t know what happened or what was said. Until that happens, I don’t feel it is fair to say anything.”
Rypien had already been involved in a fight with Minnesota’s Brad Staubitz in the first period and faced up to Staubitz again in the second before the two were separated by the linesmen.
Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury