Source: Vancouver Sun
Travis Britton will never forget the text message he got from Rick Rypien about three days before the former Canuck took his life last Aug. 15 at the age of 27.
"We haven't seen each other all summer. It has been ages," wrote the scrappy hockey player who could be a hellion on ice but as gentle as clouds off of it.
"Let's go and hang out."
Britton, 29, didn't think much about the text from his buddy.
Then Britton got word at a Seattle Mariners game that his friend had taken his life while at home in the off-season in the Crowsnest Pass community of Coleman.
"I just couldn't believe it," said Britton, who works at the Famous Warehouse pub on Granville Street and does some freelance writing for the Canucks' website and Sportsnet. "It didn't make sense to me."
It didn't then and it doesn't now. He just knows he lost a good friend.
He wants to help others who are struggling in the throes of mental illness the way Rypien was obviously struggling.
Surveying the links at the Mayfair Lakes golf course, he explains that's why he and a few fellow friends of Rypien have organized the Raise-It-4-Ryp golf tournament here Sept. 4.
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