I first met Rypper at the end of the lockout year, just before the playoffs in Manitoba. Rypper had just come out of junior from Regina. He was a young guy out of junior and still had a baby face. The first time we saw him we didn’t really know what to expect. But once he hit the ice, you could tell he was fearless. He was a really good skater and he loved to crash and bang. When he got into his first fight down there it was a real eye opener.
— Alex Burrows