Jets strongly represented at Rypien funeral
KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Several members of the Winnipeg Jets front office will be in Blairmore, Alta., on Saturday for Rick Rypienís funeral.
True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, assistant GM Craig Heisinger, head athletic therapist Rob Milette and director of corporate communications Scott Brown are all planning to attend the public service.
Former Manitoba Moose captain Mike Keane is also expected to be at the funeral, which will be held at the arena in Blairmore.
Rypien, who signed with the Jets last month, died on Monday at his Coleman, Alta., home. RCMP ruled his death sudden but not suspicious. It was revealed after his death that Rypien had battled depression for a decade.
ICINGS: The Jets open training camp four weeks from Saturday Ö According to reports, prime minister Stephen Harper is interested in attending Winnipegís season-opener on Oct. 9 against the Montreal Canadiens. The Jets refused comment on the matter Friday Ö The Jets confirmed Friday that Swiss goaltender David Aebischer is coming to training camp on a tryout basis. Aebischer, who appeared in 214 NHL games for Colorado, Montreal and Phoenix, spent the last four years playing in his native country.