BIGGEST LOSERS: RIOTERS AREN’T FANS

The biggest story out of Vancouver Wednesday night should have been the 4-0 waxing the Canucks took from the Boston Bruins in the seventh game of the 2011 Stanley Cup final. Predictably, it wasn’t.

Even as Boston captain Zdeno Chara and the rest of the Bruins paraded inside Rogers Arena with the silverware overhead, the usual collection of thugs, losers and knuckleheads began smashing windows, looting, setting cars on fire, fighting with the cops and beating the hell out of each other, staining the NHL’s showcase event yet again.

Many news reports referred to the participants, some of them fuelled by booze, some by stupidity, others by opportunity — many, no doubt, by a combination of all three — in the ensuring clash with the Vancouver police force as hockey fans. Not so.

Last night in Vancouver, as was the case in Edmonton during the Oilers run to the seventh game of 2006 The Cup final, a handful of louts and society’s bottom-feeders grabbed the headlines and another 15 minutes of infamy with their mindless mayhem, all of it duly documented by news outlets and social media. Fans? No.

The actual "fans" at the event saluted their beaten Canucks, the Bruins and Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas inside Rogers Arena and then made their way home, or at least tried to, disappointed after a third failed appearance in the Stanley Cup final, but not inclined to light things on fire, overturn cars or kick anybody in the face.

That was left for the pitiful one-percenters.

NATIONAL PASTIME

Without a Stanley Cup parade north of the 49th parallel since 1993, when Montreal hoisted the silverware, Canadian fans have had nothing to celebrate. So the party, be it in Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary too often turns ugly because of a small element hell-bent on making it so.

All too often, even in victory, the combination of too much booze and too many mouth-breathers results in what we saw last night in Vancouver, where more than 100 people were treated for injuries and the damage is still being estimated.

Personally, having watched the highlights, I thought police in Vancouver showed too much restraint and came up light on the application of billy club and shoe leather in dealing with the relative few who decided to trot out their pathetic act yet again, but I digress . . .

In the end, what should have been the highlight of the 2010-11 NHL season became another lowlight, thanks to the one-percenters. We’ve seen it before in varying degrees, here on Whyte Avenue and on the Red Mile in Calgary, and we’ll see it again.

They aren’t fans.

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  • NamelessNed

    I still like Luongo’s weak attempt to get into Thomas’ kitchen. Lou gets blown out…gets a one goal shutout and takes a shot at timmy. then losses the stanley to the bruins…nice.

  • NamelessNed

    I didn’t mind the canucks till the end of the season when Raffi was being a goon, then Lou stated (after beating Chicago) that the series was better than winning gold for his country. guess he can’t compare it to winning the cup though…

  • The core group of A-holes who started this thing were the same guys who stirred up things during the ’10 Olympic protests. Skinheads and any number of racial gangs came armed with Molotovs, gas masks and hammers looking to paint everybody with their own brand of anarchy. Problem is, it’s pretty effective when done in a large crowd of drunk suburban teenagers.

    What kills me is that most of them were released today pending their court dates. They wouldn’t get away with that crap in alot of countries where people actually have something to complain about.

    These losers feed on the softness of our society. Why do you think these guys get away with the crap they do? Why do they keep doing it? Because we let them.

  • Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"

    Ok, enough of the riot BS. Let’s talk hockey. I’m wondering, who in the Canucks organization is gonna answer the bell for this one? I mean, this team was built for a championship. They did everything right. Drafted well, threw some dollars at the right guys and even made some decent trades to get where they are. So, whose responsible for the epic fail? Sure, Bobby lou’ performance was questionable during the playoffs and the top 6 had pretty much flat lined through the final and Let’s not forget about the injuries and suspensions but I don’t think you can blame the players. This team has so much talent that I think (IMO) they need to question the coaching staff. Allain vigneau (however it’s spelled) had better have some straight up answers because ever since the Canucks dropped two in a row to the oil at the end of the season I’ve been wondering if he has the proper hockey sense to turn a squad that skilled into “legends”….. And to all you stuck up canuckle heads…. Na na na na boo boo, stick your head in doo!

    • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

      I don’t know, going to game 7 and losing to another great team doesn’t screem “someone needs to be held accountable” to me.

      I think the Canucks make 2-3 tweeks and try and re-load for next year.

  • Ok, enough of the riot BS. Let’s talk hockey. I’m wondering, who in the Canucks organization is gonna answer the bell for this one? I mean, this team was built for a championship. They did everything right. Drafted well, threw some dollars at the right guys and even made some decent trades to get where they are. So, whose responsible for the epic fail? Sure, Bobby lou’ performance was questionable during the playoffs and the top 6 had pretty much flat lined through the final and Let’s not forget about the injuries and suspensions but I don’t think you can blame the players. This team has so much talent that I think (IMO) they need to question the coaching staff. Allain vigneau (however it’s spelled) had better have some straight up answers because ever since the Canucks dropped two in a row to the oil at the end of the season I’ve been wondering if he has the proper hockey sense to turn a squad that skilled into “legends”….. And to all you stuck up canuckle heads…. Na na na na boo boo, stick your head in doo doo!

    • Are you 12? I’m not sure if you could call losing in game 7 of the SCFs “epic fail”. Just because the team was built for a championship doesn’t automatically mean they’re going to win it. That’s why they play the games.

      Fans of a team that placed DFL two years in a row have absolutely no right to crap on any team. Double for those teams who legitimately made a run for the cup.

  • Peterborough

    screw Van city and all the filth that live there this was an international embarressment and shows the city for what it is. A place of beauty . . . inhabited by the scum of Canada.

  • Peterborough

    100% in agreement. But a big blame has to be put on the indeviduals who became part of the crime spree. Also the police in Van city had to see this comming. They should have banned cars downtown they should have had a larger presence. Maybe had a Military element in place for support. It could have been nipped in the bud . . . but it wasn’t . . . to the shame of every Canadian.

  • paul wodehouse

    … if the Canucks get to the SCF again they play their homes games in Rogers Arena BUT no 100,000 fans in one two square block area…no big TV screens …no bars open and all vehicle traffic accept police type traffic diverted for ten blocks outside the arenas’ boundaries…only fans with tickets can walk into the facility to watch the game and when it’s over they file out via police lined streets to the edge of the strict ten block radius…there…that’ll make the whole Cup Final experience as pleasant as it’ll ever get…nice work VPD, you coulda been better prepared than you were and y’know it !!!

    they talked about how much money was being allocated for ‘crowd control’ and they get this?

    …a monumental fail IMO

  • Quicksilver ballet

    If Police would’ve came out publically the day before the final game and declared that a $1000.00 reward for pictures/video provided to police that lead to a conviction for the public damages created. This may have been different.

  • Gilmore Tuttle

    Don’t know if our friend Brock Anton from Duncan BC, the first living person ever awarded a Darwin Award, has been arrested yet but somebody has immortalized his young life in song:

  • Gilmore Tuttle

    I count anyone who will shell out $150.00+ for a team’s jersey or other gear as a fan.

    While some of the “losers and thugs” weren’t really interested in the hockey and didn’t have an emotional stake in the outcome of the series, I’d guess the majority of those involve in the riot are pretty serious Canucks’ fans…..I’d bet anything on it.

    Make no mistake, most of those idiots rioting were true blue Canucks’ fans.

  • Gilmore Tuttle

    Also, I have to add that the fans in the arena who did nothing but boo during the presentation of the Conn Smythe and the Stanley Cup (and that would be MOST of the fans in the arena) demonstrated absolutely zero class.

    To suggest that they were only booing Bettman is incorrect. I heard way more negative than positive during the actual presentations.

    Anyone who believes that the “bad guys” should finish last every once in awhile had to be thrilled with the result of the series.

    Let’s face it, the organization is permeated with characters who just need an ass-whooping either due to their style of play, their smug/smarmy dealings with media…..the whining, aloof contentiousness of the GM, or just the attitude of entitlement and superiority even though the organization has really never won ANYTHING.

    I don’t know any Canucks fans personally in my circle of family, friends, or business associates. My dislike of the Canucks was due more to the players and management than due to the fans previously…..but since the postgame ceremonies and the rioting after, I dislike the fans equally to those in the organization.

    I don’t follow the NBA too closely, but really the result in that final had to be satisfying with most sports fans as well.

    Karma’s a bi*ch.

    • gabbana007

      Karma is a bi*ch for sure. Burrows, Lapierre, Torres, Bieksa, Kesler and others play on the edge and at times, cross it. Same can be said about Chara, Marchand, Lucic, Ference, Thorton, Horton and others. The difference is that as part of the “game within a game”, Boston was allowed to man handle the Canucks with few or very little consequences. Burrows, Lapierre and Torres tried to get the momentum back in their corner. The referees closed their eyes. Every time the Sedins touched the puck, there was a questionable hit on them. Everyone says they dive. When they are not protected by the officials, what the heck can they do? Fight back? That’s not part of their DNA. They do need to be stronger for sure, but it’s like asking Wayne Gretzky to fight.

      I credit the Bruins for winning the “game within a game” which eventually allowed them to win the Stanley Cup. They had many advantages handed to them along the way. No won recalls the two blatant calls missed on one play that resulted in Boston tying Game 7 against Montreal. All blaim from the media went to Roman Hamerlik for being a sissy (he got a stick in the face and previous to that, Ryder high sticked the puck over his shoulders and played it to a teammate).

    • gabbana007

      Sorry, posted above when the comment is below. Karma is a bi*ch for sure. Burrows, Lapierre, Torres, Bieksa, Kesler and others play on the edge and at times, cross it. Same can be said about Chara, Marchand, Lucic, Ference, Thorton, Horton and others. The difference is that as part of the “game within a game”, Boston was allowed to man handle the Canucks with few or very little consequences. Burrows, Lapierre and Torres tried to get the momentum back in their corner. The referees closed their eyes. Every time the Sedins touched the puck, there was a questionable hit on them. Everyone says they dive. When they are not protected by the officials, what the heck can they do? Fight back? That’s not part of their DNA. They do need to be stronger for sure, but it’s like asking Wayne Gretzky to fight.

      I credit the Bruins for winning the “game within a game” which eventually allowed them to win the Stanley Cup. They had many advantages handed to them along the way (so the Canucks, but the timing of the breaks was the key). What about the two blatant calls missed on one play that resulted in Boston taking a one goal lead in Game 7 against Montreal or the Ference headshot on Halpern in the same game. All blaim from the media went to Montreal players (they dive, they are weak, etc).

      • gabbana007

        Oh, for heaven’s sake grow up and let it rest. Vancouver got just as many breaks, (how about winning game 5 against San Jose on a blown icing call that bounced off a canuck body and the world’s luckiest OT goal). Someone posted about your bizarre take on the playoffs as an illuminating view into the paranoid mind of a canucklehead, but please, stop embarrassing yourself and get on with your life. Calls went both ways like they do in any game.

      • JohnQPublic

        Are you sure you didn’t take one off the toque at the riot the other night?

        Nope, I’m not buying a direct comparison between the Bruins style of play and the Canucks. Player for player the Bruins were better, the Canucks were pretenders as many had suspected.

        Don’t start trying to break down the calls & breaks. Here’s a small example…..the weasel Burrows should have gotten at minimum 2 games for biting, and probably should have had half a dozen calls against him for Unsportsmanlike Conduct for falling over or snapping his frigging head back to draw a call. How about the non-call on the head shot to Chara?

        There’s no similarity to the game plan of the two teams. What you described was not the “game within a game” the Bruins were playing……Vancouver was trying to play a sneaky weasel game (not really stand up or courageous as it appeared), Boston saw the way it was going to be after the first two games and started playing Vancouver hard. Vancouver’s best skaters, goaltender, and “tough guys” pretty much disappeared after that and Boston hoisted the hardware. Vancouver burned…..the end.

        Oh well, at least the Canucks will have a bitching ceremony hoisting the President’s trophy and Western Conference banners to the rafters next season….

      • JohnQPublic

        Are you sure you didn’t take one off the toque at the riot the other night?

        Nope, I’m not buying a direct comparison between the Bruins style of play and the Canucks. Player for player the Bruins were better, the Canucks were pretenders as many had suspected.

        Don’t start trying to break down the calls & breaks. Here’s a small example…..the weasel Burrows should have gotten at minimum 2 games for biting, and probably should have had half a dozen calls against him for Unsportsmanlike Conduct for falling over or snapping his frigging head back to draw a call. How about the non-call on the head shot to Chara?

        There’s no similarity to the game plan of the two teams. What you described was not the “game within a game” the Bruins were playing……Vancouver was trying to play a sneaky weasel game (not really stand up or courageous as it appeared), Boston saw the way it was going to be after the first two games and started playing Vancouver hard. Vancouver’s best skaters, goaltender, and “tough guys” pretty much disappeared after that and Boston hoisted the hardware. Vancouver burned…..the end.

        Oh well, at least the Canucks will have a bitching ceremony hoisting the President’s trophy and Western Conference banners to the rafters next season….

  • gabbana007

    The police are hamstrung when civic organizers light cauldrons, declare holidays, and encourage large crowds to gather.

    You shouldn’t compare the relative and real joyfulness of the Calgary and Edmonton Cup runs with this insane display of spoiled entitlement.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    With all these amazing images floating around out there, it would be great if someone could do the slide show presentation thing accompanied with some snappy background music for our veiwing/listening pleasure.

  • JohnQPublic

    It’s time the citizens of the cities involved take a look at a little frontier justice.

    Think Walking Tall. 80,000 Bufford Pussers taking on the 1000 soccer hooligans and anarchists.

    Take back the city.