Rick Rypien almost drags Wild fan into 'Slap Shot' [UPDATE]
Rick Rypien invites a Wild fan to walk the talk.
Minnesota Wild fan James Engquist got up close and personal with Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks last night, and almost found himself dragged into hockey fight.
Bet that fan wasn't planning on actually having to walk the talk.
Rypien had already been on a tear. He'd fought with the Wild's Brad Staubitz in the first period. And with the Canucks trailing the Wild by four goals in the second period, he shoved a linesman trying to break up another brawl.
That second blow-up sent the Canuck to the locker room. As he headed down the tunnel, the Engquist leaned over, clapping, and launched a few choice words in Rypien's direction.
As the crowd roared, Rypien reached up and shoved the guy. And the whole mess might have devolved into a scene right out of "Slap Shot" were it not for one Rypien's teammates pulling him back.
As the dust up settled, an Xcel Energy Center security detail sent Engquist and his brother packing to different seats. Rypien started the third period in the penalty box. And the Wild eventually won 6-2.
Update: Rypien been suspended, indefinitely, pending a hearing with league officials.
Update: Engquist, of Mendota Heights, tells the Star Tribune he was assaulted.
"I was just standing straight up applauding as he was getting kicked out. He was out of control. And then I said, 'Way to be professional,' and he obviously didn't care for that comment and decided to grab me and almost dragged me over the rail. If my brother wasn't grabbing me and the other player wasn't grabbing him, he probably would have dragged me over the edge."
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