Though I wish it were not the case, being a moronic rioter and being a Canucks fan are not mutually exclusive: a person can make poor life choices and still choose a good hockey team to support. But the people who started this riot were far too prepared for this to be a random outbreak of violence from upset Canuck fans. It is clear that many of the rioters were well-prepared anarchists that came in from outside Vancouver with little desire to watch the hockey game. Or, if not anarchists, then a group of people wanting to have a good time and make their mark on history in the stupidest way possible. Clad in bandanas and armed with makeshift clubs, this group came to Vancouver for only one reason.

Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. Too many people chose to stay downtown, egging on the rioters and, in too many cases, joining in. Those standing around watching the destruction with cell phones out to snap pictures and text your friends? You’re partly to blame. Mob mentality began to set in, as more and more people wanted to be a part of the show. Canucks fans posed in front of burning cars for a new Facebook profile picture. Opportunists saw no harm in looting from stores that someone else broke into. A cautious kick at a cop car is greeted with cheers of approval, leading to jumping on the vehicle and eventually flipping it.

People treated the chaos and violence as entertainment.

The riot could have been contained so much more quickly if those not participating in the violence had simply dispersed, leaving it clear for the police to identify the instigators. Instead, the crowds gathered around the fires and flipped cars, reveling in the novelty of the event. By the end, there was plenty of blame to go around. Drunks, anarchists, fools, disillusioned youth, and Canucks fans: there were representatives of every group in the chaos.

The only positive to be found in the number of gawkers on the scene is the obscene number of photos and videos that are now available for the police to identify and charge the perpetrators. According to all reports, the police response to the riot was calm, effective, and didn’t cross any lines in dealing with civilians. They should be commended for their efforts.

I sincerely hope that many people who got caught up in the thrill of the riot last night are ashamed of their actions and will take part in the Facebook-organized clean-up effort this morning.

The dichotomy of the Canucks fans inside Rogers Arena and outside Rogers Arena was truly shocking. Inside the arena, the fans were all class, chanting “Go Canucks Go” as the home team stood dejected and then saluted the crowd, cheering for Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and the rest of the Boston Bruins as they accepted the Conn Smythe trophy and Stanley Cup, and roaring when Milan Lucic took a spin with the cup. Sure, they booed Gary Bettman, but no one was upset about that other than George Stromboulopoulos, who was evidently watching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his life.

To go from the shots of inside Rogers Arena to the insanity of what was happening in the streets was difficult to swallow. Unfortunately for all Canucks fans who didn’t participate, no one will remember the class of the fans inside the arena. Just the riot.

 

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53 comments

  1. Brett Gaylor
    June 16, 2011

    Daniel – I’m a big PITB fan, but a few things here.

    “People treated the chaos and violence as entertainment.”

    We’ve been doing that for 2 months. We can’t ignore that.

    “many of the rioters were well-prepared anarchists”

    Though I don’t subscribe to the particular philosophy, anarchy is not about flipping cars and stealing cosmetics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchy . Accuracy is important when talking about this riot. Just like the CBC calling the rioters “protesters”, calling these ass-hats “anarchists” takes meaning away from the word.

    I’m pretty bummed.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 16, 2011

      Treating watching a hockey game as entertainment the same as watching a riot as entertainment is a massive logical leap.

      As a guy about to start his Masters in Philosophy, believe me, I know what anarchism is. Unfortunately, many self-declared anarchists use this philosophy as an excuse to perpetrate theft and violence. Like many well-meaning philosophies, the original intent and purpose of anarchism has been lost. These kinds of actions have now been labeled as anarchism and since definitions of words change over time…

      But it’s a fair point. For me, the purpose of language is communication: if people understand what I mean, then I’m using language correctly. It’s tough with words like “anarchist” that have multiple and disparate meanings.

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      • Brett Gaylor
        June 16, 2011

        “Treating watching a hockey game as entertainment the same as watching a riot as entertainment is a massive logical leap.”

        You’re right, but I think we’re putting blinders on if we don’t feel that there isn’t a correlation between the violence in the game and what happened. I know that’s going to be unpopular. Same with the alcohol – the entire event is sponsored by alcohol. Then we are surprised when those of low IQ and morals become drunk and violent?

        Trust me, I’m a hockey fan, I love the game. But seriously.

        I also feel that the length of the playoffs and hype is just too long and stressful. Is it crazy to consider shortening either the regular series or the playoffs?

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        • Daniel Wagner
          June 16, 2011

          Teams and owners won’t like the idea of reducing the number of games, but I’d like to see a compressed timeframe in the playoffs. There were too many large gaps of time in between games and series: it wasn’t necessary for the final NHL game of the season to be on June 15th.

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        • kim r
          June 16, 2011

          I can see your point and agree with it somewhat, but that’s saying that everyone should be punished because a few people aren’t intelligent enough to make better choices.

          Should we stop people from enjoying beer because some can’t control themselves? I’d say no. Perhaps we should be looking into why an increasing number of people don’t have the ability to make intelligent decisions and quit looking for excuses.

          There used to be the time where what happened last night would be unthinkable because we were civilized. I’m not going to use the fine work here at PITB to get on my soapbox over the continued and steady decline of our society, but you can probably figure out some of the places that would lead.

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      • vancityt
        June 16, 2011

        Thoughtful reply, Daniel. Thanks.

        In this case, those on the anarachistic mission do refer to themselves as anarchists, rightly or wrongly (I’m afraid two of them live downstairs, so I’ll be perusing the FB page to see if I can identify them). These are the same people, for the most part, from the Olympics riot group. They will be at every major event possible, and police should be prepared for them now. A friend of mine’s cousin, who is a cop, told her that VPD hadn’t planned for much more than they usually plan for. A tactical, dare I say naive, error to policing in a ‘world-class’ city. It’s remarkable that New York City can have major outdoor events throughout spring and summer without such incidence.

        Back to the hockey-related angle, and hearkening back to an earlier Harrison piece about the contribution of media on fan behaviour. I’m not in any way suggesting this riot was caused by media coverage, but I noticed a meme on Twitter just prior to the game, from major sportswriters and the like, hoping Vancouver will stay peaceful post-game. It’s interesting that this expectation for rioting fans was already there. Was it because fans’ frustration by that point was so palpable (didn’t everyone expect Mike Gillis to say something in his presser after the Game 6 loss)? All over FB and Twitter folks responded to the news of the riot by saying this riot was going to happen whether the Canucks won or lost. Who writes the script, I wonder?

        My points here are really to note how disparate the views of Vancouver are: there’s the PR machine blowing hard about ‘world-class city’ and there’s the reality of a hick-town/yahoo suburbanite (folks from Queens don’t go into NYC to rumble anymore; that’s so 1980s). All those people interviewed last night telling Vancouver to grow up made me think of a mother hollering at her teenaged misguided daughter. How did that daughter get there? What signals are she reading/receiving?

        I’m heartbroken all this has happened, but not surprised. We live in a teenaged city with grown-up make-up on, and it looks a bit garish and wrong. We won’t ‘grow-up’ until something significant happens. My hope is the immediate FB response to clean up and rioter identification is the sign of some real growth.

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    • Igor
      June 16, 2011

      Thanks for making these distinctions, Brett – I totally agree that using this kind of language in the wrong ccontext devaules the words and potentially leads to negative reactions when they are heard elsewhere. Asshats is about right.

      I’d also like to know why it is that we assume that these people aren’t from Vancouver (or at least some of them). Until we learn otherwise I think that we can safely assume that there were participants from all over the lower mainland involved in this.

      Big ups on the Bettman booing. This is an important hockey tradition that needs to be kept up and intensified over the duration of his new contract (I still can’t belibve that happened). Good showing by fans inside to interrupt the booing to cheer Boston and Thomas on their achievements.

      I just discovered this blog leading up to the playoffs and it kicks ass. Keep it coming.

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    • NoProfit
      June 16, 2011

      The criminals are the CBC and City of Vancouver. For example in Boston during the playoffs, civic government did not encourage people to congregate en-mass downtown. They did not shut down city streets nor re-route or re-schedule transit to accommodate crowds, and games were not displayed on giant view screens in public areas. Consequently there were no hockey riots in Boston.

      It’s my opinion that the City of Vancouver is as much to blame as the CBC and the competitive nature of pro-sports. I’d even argue that if an organization other than a government body was guilty of such actions they’d be charged with instigating a riot and handed a bill for clean-up and damages.

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  2. SteveB
    June 16, 2011

    In this case, I prefer the term Asshats to Anarchists.
    Their actions have put a permanent stain on the city of Vancouver, the Vancouver Canucks and their fans.
    I am disgusted and sickened by the riots.

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  3. Rituro
    June 16, 2011

    “To go from the shots of inside Rogers Arena to the insanity of what was happening in the streets was difficult to swallow.”

    Ugh, isn’t that the truth. The applause for Thomas, Chara, Recchi, Lucic and even the defeated Canucks raised my hopes that the fanbase in general might gain a modicum of respect from the rest of the league. Flipping to CTV and seeing the night of chaos unfold dashed those hopes to pieces. I didn’t think anything could top Bertuzzi/Moore on the “embarassed to be a Canucks fan” scale; unfortunately, we now have a new winner.

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    • westsideconnect
      June 16, 2011

      I think what happened in the arena and what happened on the street shows the true separation between Canuck fans and those who started the riots.

      In the arena, respectful cheers for the Canucks, Thomas, Recchi, Lucic, and even a little bit for Chara. Fans were disappointed, but in fairly good spirits considering. I thought the same thing a lot of others did – “Vancouver fans are representing themselves well in Rogers Arena right now.”

      Outside on the street, a different story. Such a shame.

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  4. PetriSkriko
    June 16, 2011

    What an embarrassing end to what was a grueling playoff run. There was so many highlights and lowlights in the hockey itself…. for more than two months it consumed so much of our thoughts and time… and to have it all end with these assholes rioting… this is the first time in my entire life that I’m glad the hockey season is over.

    But thank you for everything PITB, you guys are absolute heroes.

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  5. Brosef Stalin
    June 16, 2011

    I was at Georgia and Hamilton for the game (about 6 feet from where the first car got flipped) and most of the crowd had been well behaved… Except for the section I somehow happened to be standing in. Needless to say all the reasonable fans did the good thing and cheesed it around the time the pepper spray started coming out. It saddens me that a section of idiots in the crowd (who had been rowdy since I had gotten there, probably drunk) ruined what could’ve been another demonstration of goodwill in Vancouver.

    I only hope that the rest of the world can forgive the majority of fans for the actions of the minority of assclowns that just showed up to cause trouble (and the mob of people that enabled it)

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    • peanutflower
      June 16, 2011

      So is there any truth to the contention that it was a planned instigation by a group of so-called anarchists? That is the prevailing wisdom from VPD, and certainly it was reported last night by CBC and in interviews with VPD that there were some rioters who had come with gear that would not necessarily be what a someone would bring to watch a hockey game.

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      • Jack ryan
        June 17, 2011

        funny, picture after picture shows “anarchists” in $200 Vancouver jerseys.

        No, it was perpetrated by your “fans”. Your immature, arrogant, violent fans.

        Most of the rest of us saw what you were all years – the most obnoxious fanbase in the country. Your rioting just proved who you are.

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        • Kyle
          June 17, 2011

          I’m not going to deny that a lot of trouble came from Canucks “fans”, but way to paint us all with the same brush. There are many fans who got the hell out of there as quick as possible, and there are many others that never set foot downtown, and chose to watch the game elsewhere. There was also a crowd of about 18,000 who cheered loudly as Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe, and the Bruins were awarded the Stanley Cup.

          Don’t generalize an entire fanbase due to the actions of a loud, obnoxious, and idiotic minority. We’re not all that stupid.

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  6. PeeSeeGee
    June 16, 2011

    You are spot on here. Thanks for the coverage this year, both entertaining and insightful!

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  7. Chicky
    June 16, 2011

    I am proud of my Canucks team, I’m so very proud of all they accomplished this season. It will be one I will never forget. To me, they are the champions. Win or lose I will still be a Canucks fan.

    That being said, I’m embarassed as a Vancouverite. Unfortunately no matter how many times you can say otherwise, we’re all tarnished with the same brush. Now thanks to these assholes, the world thinks that Canucks fans are all a bunch of disturbed, classless, hooligans who love nothing more than to riot.

    I find it so disgusting that thousands of people thought it was appropriate to light cars on fire, to throw objects at the police, to STEAL things. This wasn’t a protest and politically charged, this was a bunch of disrespecting assholes getting a kick out of being assholes.

    Unfortunately though, the worst crime they committed is unpunishable… destroying a City’s values, it’s persona, it’s heart. Too bad they can’t be punished for blemishing Vancouver in the eyes of the world.

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  8. peanutflower
    June 16, 2011

    Didn’t those bandana-clad folks look pretty much like the folks who staged that protest thingy at the Olympics? Who did those end up to be? They called themselves some sort of group — vague recollections. Anyway, what an embarrassing end to the whole thing. It makes it really hard to make any sort of argument against anything the media has called the Canucks and their fans, doesn’t it? As I live in Victoria I’m sitting here pretty smugly removed from it all, but as I came out of my house last night — I live in Cordova Bay, so pretty sleepy — I had covered a 8 x 6 foot fence panel in a blue tarp back in March and made a giant Canucks logo on it, and then had the countdown to win the SC 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 on it in white tape, and sometime soon after the end of the game someone came up, not 10 feet from my house where they could have clearly seen me in the window, and covered the 1 with a 98 in duct tape. What does 98 mean? I puzzled over that for some time. Oh, it’s 98 wins until the next Stanley Cup final. Pretty cheeky.

    Anyway, I was going to say it’s a sad end to a glorious season, but really, the Canucks should be proud of themselves as to what they accomplished this year. It was truly a year for the ages. It’s too bad the “fans” couldn’t have understood that. I’m absolutely NOT going to read any other websites to see what anyone has to say about this. I will not.

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  9. whisky jack
    June 16, 2011

    Embarrassing our town and team,
    You’re nothing more than what you seem:
    A low-life bunch of stupid fucks
    Who are not fans of our Canucks.

    For whether we did win or lose,
    You’d done the same on drugs and booze.
    What do you think gives you the right
    To riot on this Wednesday night?

    Of course it is you cannot think.
    Your synapses are not in sync
    And so because your brain is dead,
    You do as others do instead.

    You mindless mass of dumb-ass fucks
    Were never fans of our Canucks.

    Whisky Jack

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  10. J Walter Weatherman
    June 16, 2011

    There are hundreds of volunteers cleaning up downtown now. The shame from yesterday has already turned into some pride.

    I hate to be the “why they don’t report on the millions of people who don’t shoot their neighbours” ranter. But it is sad that the media, especially from outside Van, will probably miss this whole aspect of the thing.

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  11. Spencer
    June 16, 2011

    Things to check out…

    https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=219286898091948

    http://twitter.com/#!/VancouverPD

    Thanks for a great season Vancouver. I’m sorry we couldn’t find the high road after the game.

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  12. cc
    June 16, 2011

    It’s hard because the people who did are the ones who would have rioted even if the Canucks had won. Opportunists is a better term. Hopefully the police will manage to get them all rounded up so next year this doesn’t happen.

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    • J21
      June 16, 2011

      The riots come from the possibility of winning. A lot of people miss this, but it’s not about being a sore loser, it’s the preparations they take because there might be a victory party. Neither the 1994 riots nor these ones happen if it’s not a Game 7 — hooligans and looters know that they can get away with it much more easily under the cover of a big party. When the team lost, they’re already downtown with their drink and their weapons, so they have at it anyway. Conversely, if the Canucks had won in 4 or 5, then there would be incidents, just like there are in every championship city.

      I don’t believe this happens if the series ends in less than 7, and I don’t believe things would be significantly different if 100,000 people were gathering in the streets of Montreal or Toronto to watch, either.

      Vancouver will take a lot of flak for this, but let’s not pretend that West Coasters have some sort of weird disease that other places don’t. Aside from Vancouver, I’ve lived in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and two cities overseas and there are more than their fair share of idiots in those places too.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        June 16, 2011

        Finally. I was hoping someone would say this so I could just write “totally agree”.

        Totally agree.

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    • RG
      June 16, 2011

      This individual makes a great point. The hooligans and looters were intent on rioting regardless of the game outcome. It would have been great if the police could have escalated the intensity or force of their response in a more rapid manner. If some boneheads were intent on capturing it on video, then these same people would be voluntarily putting themselves in danger or harm’s way once the teargas started arriving.

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  13. Grace Joyce F.
    June 16, 2011

    Thank you for writing that, Daniel. Second Mooney: totally agree.

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  14. anon
    June 16, 2011

    The fans inside Rogers Arena weren’t great They refused to stop booing Gary Bettman well after he’d presented the Conn Smythe Trophy to Tim Thomas and basically shit all over TT’s moment. It was hard to watch.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 16, 2011

      Um…what? As soon as Thomas had the trophy and Bettman was gone, the boos stopped immediately and everyone started cheering. What are you talking about?

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  15. westsideconnect
    June 16, 2011

    While the obvious people to blame in this incident are the people who did the damage, I can’t believe how little blame is being pointed at the city.

    I think it’s great they supplied a big police force in case something like this happen. However the smart solution? NOT ENCOURAGE 100,000 PEOPLE TO PARTY IN THE STREET! There are many obvious facts known about these situations:

    - The higher the numbers, the braver these people are.
    - If 100,000 get together, there is no way to prevent the over-consumption of alcohol.
    -If 100,000 get together, there WILL be bad apples.

    I just don’t understand how nobody who organized these events thought to themselves that this might be a bad idea.

    Next year (and what should have happened this year) during the playoffs is extra police force should be out to hand a ticket to every single person who even freaking jay-walks on Georgia. People can watch the game at home or in a pub.

    Most of this can be summed up with one simple question – WHAT DID THEY THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN?

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    • Gordie T.
      June 16, 2011

      Didn’t see this before I posted my novel down below, but I absolutely agree. There were WAY too many people down there. And like I stated, having Homer and Hamilton turn into packed viewing parties themselves just sealed the crowds in. If they had left those streets open, they could have filled W. Georgia and it wouldn’t have been half as bad. The screens on those streets should have been dispersed across the city to spread the crowd out a bit.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 16, 2011

      One of the issues is the positivity that came from the Olympic experience. After the success of such a large-scale event, with no major incidents after a brief “protest” was squashed on day one, the city of Vancouver felt confident they could handle this many people in the streets. Obviously, they were wrong. The optimism was, unfortunately, misplaced. It might have turned out better if they had limited attendance in the public viewing areas so that troublemakers could be more easily identified and singled out.

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      • Gordie T.
        June 16, 2011

        I don’t think it’s so much about the number of people on the streets, but the number that were herded into one area. If I recall correctly, during the Olympics the public viewing areas couldn’t accommodate more than 500 or so people each. Sure, there were multiple areas, and plenty of other tv’s in storefront windows and the like, but they were dispersed widely across the downtown core, and never grew to any sort of staggering size.

        I think if the same thing happens last night, if you have 150,000 people downtown, dispersed into lots of little 1000 person viewing parties, instead of one big 100,000 person party with perceived total anonymity and mob rule, that riot doesn’t happen. Or at least not on such an incredible scale.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          June 16, 2011

          I think that’s a fair take on the situation. A larger number of small viewing parties would probably have done the trick.

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      • peanutflower
        June 16, 2011

        It looks like those protesters ultimately achieved last night what they tried to achieve at the Olympics, no?

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      • westsideconnect
        June 16, 2011

        The problem I have with all of this is that it wasn’t necessary. Why is it necessary to put on a party so that me and 3 of my friends can go watch the game with 199,996 people that we don’t know? If the streets had been treated like any other day with traffic flowing, no closures, etc, this would have been a fraction as bad as it was.

        Am I saying that not having this party would have stopped these morons? Probably not. However if people were in their homes, pubs and so on the group of probably 50-100 morons that started this would not have grown to thousands like it did. I am willing to say that 95% of the criminals in this situation would not have committed these crimes if they were not drunk and encouraged by people already doing it.

        Simply put, the party wasn’t necessary and anybody who didn’t see this coming (win or lose) needs to remove their head from their butthole.

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      • kim r
        June 16, 2011

        The mistake people make is comparing the Olympics to this game. Didn`t the Canadian government spend something like $1 billion on security. Of course there aren`t going to be any issues. People were screened heavily, wanded and bags put through scanners. Unless we want to do that at events and with the cost then we run the risk of things getting out of hand in any group.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          June 17, 2011

          I completely agree.

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  16. Gordie T.
    June 16, 2011

    As far as was there going to be a riot, win or lose, I think something was going to happen. I went down to the fan zone at around 3:30. I tried to sneak down the south side of W. Georgia to get closer to the screen, like I had been able to do every other time I was down there. By the time I arrived outside the Library House Pub, I was trapped. The crowd was impenetrably thick both in front and behind. There was simply nowhere for anyone to go. The fact that they had screens on Homer and Hamilton as well meant that instead of those streets working as release valves for the whole crowd, they simply backed up and became choked with people until they ran into the crowd on west Georgia. For everybody, at least on the sidewalks (I don’t know about the street or the far sidewalk in front of the post office), they were trapped, with no way to leave.

    Given this, the crowd became increasingly agitated and restless. Obviously plenty of people still tried to push through and leave, and people behind me began to scream at each new person and deny them the chance to move backwards through the crowd, telling them to leave by going forward. If you’ve seen aerial shots of that crowd, you know that there was nowhere to go going forwards. The people in front of me were clearly agitated themselves and screamed at people to go backwards. Through all of this, masses of people were still violently pushing in both directions. People at the back began a huge shove forward, while those in front attempted to push back. It became a massive, stinking mosh pit.

    This was around the time I started to fear for my safety. If I – or anyone else – had fallen over, there is a good chance we would have been trampled. The Crowd simply did not care. I saw a father with his 4 year old daughter who was clearly terrified and crying, attempting to exit the mob. But everyone around him wouldn’t (though to be fair, many couldn’t) move even slightly to accommodate his attempt to exit. Fistfights broke out not 10 feet from where I was standing, but I couldn’t even see them through the mass of people. When the dozen police officers finally managed to push into the crowd, there was little they could do to help. They were getting pushed around by the mob like every one else. Eventually, they disappeared further into the crush, and it seemed as if no help was on the way.

    Keep in mind, the game hadn’t even started yet.

    Once it did, the crowd seemed to settle a little, but it soon riled up again, worse than before. Bodies were staggering and swaying back and forth, with mostly everybody just trying not to fall over. I eventually found myself a few feet back and to the side of where I had origianlly been, and the next time the crowd began to push, some asshole behind me took it as an opportunity to shove me and pepper my back with rabbit punches, telling me to “f-in’ move” and that “everything was fine until you got here”. Choking down the overwhelming desire to go after him, I did my best to just keep my head down and stay on my feet. By the end of the first, I noticed that the police had finally opened up a little escape hatch and were funneling people into the Library bar and out through the library. Not having to think twice, I took the opportunity and headed straight back to the North Shore.

    So do I think something was going to happen, win or lose? Absolutely. Perhaps if we had won, it would have been less severe, and even when I left downtown, I never would have thought if we lost THAT would happen, but I knew something was going to happen. There were simply too many people, blind drunk and aggressive shoved into a space that was far, far too small.

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  17. Nathan
    June 16, 2011

    It certainly killed my moment of pure-bulis.

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  18. SteveB
    June 16, 2011

    some much needed good news- photos of the clean-up volunteers on FaceBook:
    http://tinyurl.com/3sbj56m

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  19. Hockey Playing Mom
    June 16, 2011

    I was one of the fans in Rogers arena last night. We all knew the Canucks needed a goal. We all knew the team that scores first wins the game in this series. We all knew going 2 goals down was a hole too deep to climb out of against Tim Thomas. We all knew getting scored on short-handed was no way to “make them pay” on the power play. We all knew the winner of the Stanley Cup before the empty net goal was scored. But we cheered anyway.

    I was proud to be a fan last night. I’ve never cheered so loudly. So much, that at times I felt light-headed. I turned my jersey inside-out in the third period to try to reverse the Canucks luck. I was on my feet in the last minute, towel waving and cheering at the top of my lungs. I chanted “Go Canucks Go” to my beloved team, trying to pull them out of the depths of despair and was delighted when they saluted the crowd despite the loss. I BOOOOOOOOed Gary Bettman so loudly I couldn`t actually hear what he was saying (Sorry, George – but it was a memorable moment for me). Even though before the game I didn’t think I could do it, I applauded the Bruins for their success. Sure, I was disappointed. Gutted, even. But by the time I left Rogers I felt resigned that, as fans, we had done our best to show the Canucks our support and to show the TV viewing audience how classy Canucks fans are.

    Then I stepped outside. Thankfully, I was made aware of the brewing trouble and avoided Georgia/Robson/Granville and never saw the chaos. Upon arriving home, I watched the mayhem on TV. All the pride I’d felt walking home melted away as I realized the world would now paint all Canucks fans as angry, riotous, poor-sports. I’m beyond angry with the people who started the trouble last night and disappointed with everyone who got sucked into the mob-mentality.

    I sincerely hope the Canucks will go the distance again someday soon. I hope people will come downtown again to watch, to cheer, and to celebrate. I hope the lessons learned from this fiasco will allow the city to once again created public viewing areas. Being downtown after game 5 will be one of my favourite memories of this year’s playoff run. It would be a shame if the actions of these hooligans spoil the fun for everyone else.

    Thank-you for your excellent blog. Your posts were a delight to read after every Canuck win and pulled me out of the doldrums after the worst losses. I’m looking forward to many more excellent posts in the upcoming season.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      June 16, 2011

      Great to hear your perspective from inside the arena. Glad we could be a part of your hockey-watching season.

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  20. Jack ryan
    June 17, 2011

    Sorry, your team is a dirty, classless, dive-taking, whining bunch of arrogant cheap shot artists. And they are a bunch of chokers as well.

    And your fans and city are the same.

    the rest of the hockey world was glad the Bruins won. Your fan-base proved what everyone else already knew – your city is a joke.

    Marinate in your misery. The rest of us are laughing.

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  21. Josh
    June 17, 2011

    What I see in the photo really disappoints me. 5 guys flipping a car and about a hundred idiots just standing around watching. If those hundred would have actually done something to stop them, or at least gone home, the police could have done better or there would have been no riot in the first place. Yeah, you don’t want to interfere and get attacked and hurt, but if there are a hundred of you, why are you just taking pictures? The bystanders are almost as responsible for the riot as the rioters.

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  22. Jack ryan
    June 17, 2011

    the eternal hockey question: Do the Canucks’ many moronic acts on the ice spark their fans’ city-wide moronic acts off it, or vice versa?

    Either way, you have to feel good that the dirty and stupid hockey team choked away its best chance at the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in a manner almost as excruciating and embarrassing as a hater could script.

    Unfortunately, the dirty and stupid Canucks didn’t blow a three-games-to-none lead and a 3-0 lead in Game 7. That would’ve been sweet. The best.

    But still, the dirty and stupid Canucks gagged a series in which they led two games to none.

    And three games to two.

    And had home-ice advantage for the final game.

    AND got shut out.

    And then suffered through the Boston Bruins’ parading the Stanley Cup around the Canucks’ ice in a series that turned on a Canucks cheap shot that finally earned a suspension after the NHL choked on so many other heinous acts.

    Hope the Canucks got a look at Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, the Conn Smythe winner who was as perfect as the Canucks’ $10 million head case at the other end was flawed. Luuuuuuuuser.

    It might not have been my perfect mean-spirited ending, but it was good enough. Hope it hurts up there.

    One thing I know for sure: It hurts the stupid and dirty Canucks a lot more than Patrice Bergeron’s finger that cheap and gutless Canucks forward Alex Burrows bit in Game 1 of the series.

    And then the fans rioted. Of course, they rioted. They’re the same fans who defend and rationalize suspendible acts by their “heroes.’’

    So, they rioted and set fires and broke windows, generally marauding about the city streets acting as moronic as their “heroes’’ in uniform. One of the best cities in the world was getting torched by some of the biggest idiots in captivity.

    Figures.

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    • Spencer
      June 17, 2011

      Does it hurt having your head stuck so far up your own ass?

      Go find something better to do then sitting in your mom’s basement and posting useless generalizations on sports blogs. Your destructive comments make you no better than those who overturned cars and set fires after the game.

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  23. Noodle
    June 17, 2011

    I really think the fact that there was one viewing area, vs. several, had a huge impact on how this all played out. And a police force that was lulled into a sense of security by the success of the Olympics and of the problem-free Games 1-6 of the SCF.

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  24. Guy Incognitus
    June 17, 2011

    People didn’t ‘choose to stay downtown’. The police blocked off all roads leading into the downtown area, meaning that when things got ugly no one could get out either.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 17, 2011

      That’s simply not true. People always find a way to blame the police.

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  25. PapaBear
    June 17, 2011

    Well stated Hockey Playing Mom. You seem to be the epitomy of what a true hockey fan and lover of the game should be. We could all take a page from your book and learn by it. Leaving all the crap behind I wish good luck to you and your Canucks next year. Yes I am a life long Bruins fan.

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  26. PapaBear
    June 17, 2011

    Holy Cow Jack Ryan…..ease up man.. it’s only a game. We could have been in the Canucks fans shoes. Time to “sit back” and glow in the thrill of victory.
    Yes I am a life long Bruins fan !!!!!!

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  27. JC
    June 17, 2011

    Sad, the amount of vitriol people spew. You know, Rich Peverley’s slash to the back of Bieksa’s leg (in Game 2) was awfully vicious as well…about as nasty as anything I saw in the series. But, yes, I know, I know, the Bruins are total saints. Get some perspective, man. It was a pretty nasty series all around.

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