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Vancouver Fans Riot After Losing Stanley Cup: VIDEOS


Intense, destructive rioting took place in Vancouver last night after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.

KIRO reports: "Parked cars were set on fire, others were tipped over and people threw beer bottles at giant television screens following the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. People chanted obscenities and some leaped over raging bonfires as riot police moved in to try to restore order in the downtown streets strewn with garbage and filled with acrid smoke."

At least 10 cars were overturned and torched, and eight people were treated for stab wounds.

Mashable has a bunch of twitpics of the event.

Watch clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

And remember, this is over a hockey game.

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  1. Those Canadians are peaceful and chill until you mess with their hockey.

    Posted by: Nick | Jun 16, 2011 7:25:28 AM

  2. What's happened to Canada? Besides Harper and his goons?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 16, 2011 7:41:30 AM

  3. When have gay ever done this when so many rights have been taken away? But how many times to straight people or gay right wingers or the Christian right call us 'uncontrollable, aggressive and terrorists'?

    But look at these white males behaving like terrorists over a hockey match.

    Is it me or do human beings have a serious case of warped double standards? One rule for one but apparently Pride is an abomination?

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 16, 2011 8:22:57 AM

  4. Fans or just alcohol fueled rioters? This is a ridiculous reaction to the loss of a game.

    Posted by: John Patrick | Jun 16, 2011 8:27:57 AM

  5. My guess: The police are forced by PC extreme rules of engagement with rioters into a kinder, gentler response. And I'm not referring to respecting human rights and Canada's laws. The police response [even by it's official spokeswoman] was VERY gentle and non-assertive. Obviously, it's official police from the top to allow private property to be vandalized and the downtown area of town to be taken over by mobs. They even had to wait for cops to be brought in and mobilized [something that should have been done in advance, of course there was going to be mayham, win or loss].

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 16, 2011 8:47:16 AM

  6. Violence, or violent rhetoric, from the political or religious extremes elicits calls for other members of that group to condemn the violence. Where's the call for ESPN or hockey fans to condemn this!

    Posted by: Christopher | Jun 16, 2011 8:59:54 AM

  7. @Ratbastard -- Too aggressive a police response can also cause problems, as we saw in Boston when the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. At that time, the police were using the same plan they created for the earlier Democratic National Convention -- a plan designed to deal with terrorists and anarchists. When implementing that plan against drunken college students, it was inevitable that they would kill someone. In that case it was an innocent college student who was standing on the sidelines.

    But in this case, you've got a point. Vancouver's first error was putting up all those screens and having half a million people already on the streets. They'd been drinking all day, and when the game was over, it was still pretty early. There were bound to be elements in that crowd ready to riot, and a more noticeable police response up front might have help quiet some of it, at least.

    Posted by: Kirk | Jun 16, 2011 9:01:18 AM

  8. There were people of all races down there last night thank you. Lots of spanish,arabic,asian, and brown guys so gimme af'n break!!!!!

    Horrible watching downtown burn from my window last night. Just horrible!!!!

    Posted by: marc | Jun 16, 2011 9:41:13 AM

  9. Stupid, evil straight males show their true colors.

    Posted by: nikko | Jun 16, 2011 9:44:30 AM

  10. >>And remember, this is over a hockey game.<<

    Spoken like a true non-Canadian.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Jun 16, 2011 9:53:42 AM

  11. Embarassing to our city

    Posted by: Robbie K. | Jun 16, 2011 10:15:56 AM

  12. @Kenneth:

    Canadian or not, yes, it's a game. It does absolutely nothing to advance humanity, help people or solve any problems whatsoever.

    When players, officials and team owners come out and condemn this kind of bullsh*t, then I'll perhaps believe the game (and this result) is nothing more than a bunch of lunkhead fans showing how much testosterone they have and having an adult, violent temper tantrum when they didn't get what they wanted.

    What a bunch of horribly sore losers.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 16, 2011 10:31:08 AM

  13. What's really funny is if you go to YouTube there is a list of other Vancouver Hockey Riot vids from other losses and WINS. Seems like the people of Vancouver need to buckle up whenever there is a Stanley Cup game held there. Sad.

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 16, 2011 11:12:11 AM

  14. I'm ashamed to be a Vancouverite right now.
    After the amazing Olympics, the world has to see us in this light!
    The Canucks officials, team owners, and yes, the players should be all forced to pay for the damages. They certainly made a shitload of money on product sales through this whole series. They can afford it.

    Posted by: Embarrased | Jun 16, 2011 11:16:48 AM

  15. I seem to remember something similar happened when they lost the finals in 1994. I had been rooting for them but now really glad they lost. And the booing during the cup presentation. Most low class fans in North America.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 16, 2011 11:20:34 AM

  16. The Canucks fell apart in that game and basically gave it up, and were treated with the embarrassment of losing the Stanley Cup on home ice. In all honesty, with the size of the crowds, the buzz they had for their team and the buzz they had from the alcohol, I was expecting the rioting to be worse. A stronger police presence was needed and the public drinking should have been clamped down on.

    This is why I have little faith in most of humanity. Really, a nearly inconsequential hockey game is not a good reason to trash a city, but for some reason when you put people into big groups they will follow whatever is going on even if they know it's wrong. It's going to be the whole city of Vancouver that ends up paying for this riot with their tax dollars

    Posted by: Pira | Jun 16, 2011 11:30:05 AM

  17. My Canadian Mother would not be proud.

    Posted by: terryp | Jun 16, 2011 11:38:44 AM

  18. What a bunch of Canuckleheads.

    Posted by: Timzilla | Jun 16, 2011 12:29:32 PM

  19. Man, it sure must be hard living in a nation where you have a police force that's willing to beat you to death when you protest against your tyrannical dictator.

    Oh wait, you're telling me that these aren't Syrians or Tunisians or Libyans fighting against the terror of an entrenched, institutionalized dictatorship? Man, these Canadians sure have it hard.

    Posted by: HUH | Jun 16, 2011 12:36:52 PM

  20. LOLLLL. I never have and prob never will understand sports culture. I was completely oblivious & didn't even realize the Stanley-whatever was happening.

    Posted by: redball | Jun 16, 2011 12:46:07 PM

  21. Meanwhile, in Boston, a couple people got arrested for being too loud :-) I'm sure we'll be just as well-behaved during the parade on Saturday.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 16, 2011 1:26:49 PM

  22. these aren't Vancouverites rioting. They're trash of various ethnicities from the suburbs and surrounding 'cities'. We didn't have this during the Olympics because we had the military and thousands of police officers around. These were organized anarchists (who goes to watch a hockey game with lighter fluid and backpacks full of rocks?!?!) bent on making a mess. The rest.. is alcohol infused lunacy. adolescent breeders from the burbs. go home!

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | Jun 16, 2011 1:37:34 PM

  23. I don't know which is weirder, rioting in Canada or rioting in the daytime.

    WTF x 2!!

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 16, 2011 2:34:00 PM

  24. Two words: Straight trash. You never see gay men commit such atrocities. Yet we are the ones demonized by this ugly majority that rules the world with violence, environmental destruction, rape, murder,etc. and they never question the evils of their heterosexuality. Think about it.

    Posted by: nikko | Jun 16, 2011 3:05:58 PM

  25. Would it have been worse if they won?

    Posted by: Jos. | Jun 16, 2011 3:37:43 PM

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