Jets forward Rypien found dead in Alberta home

Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta have confirmed that Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien, 27, was found dead in his home in Crowsnest Pass, AB, on Monday.

According to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail, RCMP officials confirmed the death was not of a suspicious nature.

Rypien had spent his entire six-season NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, totaling 16 points and 226 penalty minutes in 119 games. He had 1 assist and 31 penalty minutes in nine games this past season. He missed part of the season on a leave of absence due to personal reasons.

He also had 2 assists in 11 American Hockey League games with the Manitoba Moose, and 1 goal in seven AHL playoff games.

Rypien's previous success with the Winnipeg-based Moose -- he spent parts of five seasons there and became a fan favorite -- had led to his signing with a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Jets last month.