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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. Like the majority of Canadians, I am embarassed by the behaviour of hooligans who used the opportunity of this and other mass gatherings to attempt some faceless criminal activity. Most people in the crowds were not smashing windows and burning cars, and some did try to intervene.

    This has nothing to do with being a sports fan. One major drugstore chain has already confirmed their video surveillance shows the 'rioters' had cased the store the previous evening.

    I find it funny that many previous comments attribute this behaviour to straight, white guys. Sexual orientation doesn't determine one's likelihood to become involved in crime anymore than it does one's interest in sports, and I know a lot of gay hockey fans.

    A great outcome here is that over 56,000 have already joined a Facebook page created by the Vancouver police where people are encouraged to post photos of the perpetrators. Hopefully most will be held accountable.

    Posted by: Johno | Jun 16, 2011 5:13:18 PM

  2. This is hardly the first sports-related riot in Canada. There are several western countries with a lot more fan rioting under their belts than us.

    Posted by: foobar | Jun 16, 2011 9:43:49 PM

  3. As a Vancouverite who enjoyed the games, I can tell you this is not about hockey. This is about thugs who want to break sh!t and f#$k stuff up. About 100,000 people were in the streets to watch the games, but it was realistically only a few hundred who were rioting. Aside from those few bad apples, shame on those who watched this all go down while snapping photos for their facebook pages. Kudos to the thousands of people who cleaned up the streets, scrubbed the graffiti, and showed their community spirit today.

    Posted by: Travis | Jun 16, 2011 10:12:27 PM

  4. One allegation has been that these were anarchists and assorted criminals who came to the event planning to do this no matter the outcome.

    Regardless, it's disappointing that Canada virtually ignores the election of a hard-right government, and we have this happen around a hockey game.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 17, 2011 12:04:58 AM

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