View Full Version : Vancouver Riots After Stanley Cup Finals, Or At Least Burns A Few Cars

Thursday, June 16th, 2011, 07:29 AM
he city of Vancouver was clearly disappointed after the Canucks fell to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canucks were the best team in the NHL in the 2010-11 season, and were expected to bring the city its first Stanley Cup ever. And after a Game 5 win put the team on the cusp of the NHL championship, it looked like the drought would finally end.

The police expected some kind of disturbance after Game 7 whether the Canucks won or lost. It's been an all-day party in downtown Vancouver and the city celebrated the day as if it was a holiday. At 11 a.m., lines were already out the door and stretching around the buildings at liquor stores in the city as residents stocked up. The liquor stores closed early in hopes of quelling the alcohol consumption and, hopefully, preventing situations like those shown above.

But as soon as Game 7 ended and the Bruins hoisted the Stanley Cup, police descended on the crowds numbering over 100,000 as damage was done to property in the city. A live feed of downtown Vancouver can be found here, and smoke can be seen rising from the city, be it from burning cars or small fires in the streets.

Unfortunately, darkness has yet to fall and it could get worse in the city. Or the crowds could dissipate as the masses head home to sleep off the Stanley Cup Finals loss. Hopefully it's the latter.

Canadians are crazy about their hockey :P

Thursday, June 16th, 2011, 11:46 PM
Canadians are crazy about their hockey

Oh yea, they are! See here:

YouTube: RAW VANCOUVER RIOT FOOTAGE (1080p HD) 18:00 Minutes June 15 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DdOIAfWEUhgE%26feature%3Dshar e)

Thursday, June 16th, 2011, 11:56 PM
Just a few? I was thinking there'd be much more :P.

I can't say im really suprised though, you could hear all the boo'ing even before the cup was presented to Boston. Not to mention the final score was 4-0.. :|

Friday, June 17th, 2011, 09:26 AM
It was an unhonourable behaviour unworthy of a country founded on European tradition.

Friday, June 17th, 2011, 09:37 AM
It was an unhonourable behaviour unworthy of a country founded on European tradition.

Careful here with that line of thought.... have you ever heard of football aka (ghastly term) "soccer"?

Football is the quintessential European and British cultural & sporting phenomenon.

Real football supporters (van driving tattooed proles, not the prawn sandwich brigade up in the Corporate Hospitality Suites) make regular use of their football related opportunities to engage in a bit of friendly competitive tribalism against supporters from rival teams (tribes).

Inevitably the odd pub and parked car falls victim to circumstance during this ritual.

Casual and sporadic hooliganism and tribalism are as European as the Renaissance. :D