Vancouver Canucks Loses Stanley Cup, Fans Start Riot

Tonight was game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins. Playing in Vancouver, fans had high hopes for their first ever Stanley Cup victory. However, like they’ve done so many times in the past, the Canucks let them down again by losing to the Bruins 4-0. Then a riot broke out. Right now, as I am writing this post, they’re still rioting on the street. There are cars on fire and looting all over downtown.

I’m not really shocked that the Canucks lost. They have a history of building up their fans’ hopes to a fever pitch and then slapping them down with a huge disappointment. I guess I really shouldn’t be shocked at the rioting either. After all, this happened 17 years ago when the Canucks lost to the Rangers in game 7. You think people would learn from history, but I guess they just repeat them.

I know I’m going to get comments that those rioters were not Canucks fans. I’m sorry, but they are Canucks fans. They wore the jerseys. They cheered on the team and they started a riot when the team lost. Sure, it may have been a small number of trouble makers but don’t go making excuses that they were not fans.

I was disappointed when the Canucks lost, but I’m more disappointed by the Vancouver Canucks fans. I can see why they’re considered the worst hockey fans in the league. They gave the best city is a world a huge black eye tonight. I guess it’s a good thing the Canucks don’t make it to the final too often. Once every 17 years is more than enough.


82 thoughts on “Vancouver Canucks Loses Stanley Cup, Fans Start Riot”

  1. Zaxh says:

    Disagree.
    Just because you have a jersey on doesn’t make you a fan. I have been watching this happen here live and having fire works and other things to cause fires etc are not fans.

    Fans dont wear bandanas to cover their faces

    Agree that this is disgraceful and I am ashamed of these vancouverites who are fucking up my city

    1. All for a stupid game where grown men try to hit a black disc into a net. Right! Efin IDIOTS!

      What do you expect when the guys on the ice are doing the same thing?

    2. John Chow says:

      Maybe the Canucks should change their ad slogan from “We are all Canucks” to “We are mostly Canucks” πŸ˜›

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Two kinds of people in Canada: Canucks, and a few Lunatics? Heheh.

    3. Kevin Kimes says:

      The etymology of the word “fan” might trace directly to the word “fanatic”. (It’s either that or “fancy”)

      If that’s the case, you could say that all the civilized people who enjoy the sport and support a particular team are not the fans, but rather the ones rioting in the streets are the fans. Because they’re fanatics. πŸ™‚

      But I think the definition of the modern word does include those disturbed individuals who are inclined to start riots. Just because those of us who are civilized don’t want to be affiliated with them in any way, doesn’t mean they are not also fans by definition. πŸ™‚

  2. Hey John,

    Yea this scene was disappointing. I live right down here and it’s embarrassing.

    1. It seems to me that there are people who wait for any opportunity to riot. Something to hide behind. Real hockey fans aren*t rioters and rioters aren*t fans of any sport.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Well said, Email List Building!

      2. Some people just like to cause trouble and get crazy.

        1. I don’t think these idiots who are running around and destroying cars, windows etc. are some real fans, but only local hooligan and troublemakers who have not followed or seen any matches.

      3. Kevin Kimes says:

        You’re right about the part that they must already have a screw loose in their head in order to be inclined to start rioting. Fans or not, they’ve got something wrong in their minds.

    2. Ooops Justin it will be shocking for you…?

  3. Samantha says:

    This is crazy, we don’t get quite this carried away when we lose at football but its just wreckless how some fans think it’s fit to make a statement by rioting.

    1. Xuan Tuyen says:

      uhm…I thinks so too.!

    2. Why would they want to destroy their own city?

  4. dg says:

    Riot fan gets a flash-bang to the balls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl37P7S9mxY

        1. Kevin Kimes says:

          Ouch. Lesson: Don’t riot and don’t be anywhere near riots.

  5. Dave Johnshon says:

    The worst part about it is that it’s embarrassing. Vancouver built up a lot of goodwill as a city with class and a real player on the world stage. When the city riots over something as stupid as a hockey game loss, it makes it look like it’s populated with a bunch of fucking idiots. I know it’s just a small handful of people, but to the world that’s watching on the news, it looks like the city is filled with morons…

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      I’m embarrassed, never having even visited Canada, but just being human along with people who act that way.

  6. stephen says:

    This is ridiculous. Sport should never be a reason for violence (frpm the fans anyway)
    Thats what religion and natural resources are for. now thats real violence.

    1. Religion is a reason for violence? What?

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Some religions are about violence, which is disheartening because some people then want to label all religions as violent.

  7. Hey John,

    I was hoping Canucks would win but they just didn*t have what it takes. Just look at the overall score of the 7 games. As for the fans I think that the vast majority are a good fans.

    The riots are caused by people who want to riot at any opportunity where they can hide behind a large number of people or a big event. They don*t care about the team, the city or anything or anybody else.

    1. Radman says:

      Don’t just blame the few – it’s the overall atmosphere of the town. They let it happen.

      1. Saying that it*s the overall atmosphere of the town is a huge nonsense.

        1. Kevin Kimes says:

          Even in towns that have had much bigger riots it can’t properly be blamed on the overall atmosphere. Perhaps a few of them in history, but not most.

  8. Punish Vancouver supporters through the team must play all their home games next year without public and empty stands.

    1. Triple the price of tickets to pay for the damage these idiots caused.

      1. I think that the idiots who casused the damage on the streets may not have been at the game at all.

        1. Kevin Kimes says:

          But how can you prevent it?

  9. Tom says:

    They should be happy the team even made it that far. Now they’ll have to hope for next year and pray for no off season injuries.

    1. Obviously they aren*t happy being second. The prevailing thinking is that the winner takes it all. Rioters couldn*t care less about the team. The team didn*t deserve to win judging by the score of the games they lost. People who love the sport appreciate a good game regardless of who wins.

    2. Kevin Kimes says:

      I think the prayer should perhaps be that they won’t be even close to the playoffs, that way there won’t be any large disappointment to create an excuse to riot.

  10. Hotdogman says:

    What a bunch of Canuckleheads! YEAH BRUINS!!!!!!!! Boston is officially TITLE TOWN!

    1. It*s good for them. However, these days the players aren*t usually from the town that wins. That is why it*s questionable when poeople of the town take credit for the win.

      I find it funny that even people in the countries from where the players of the winning team are taking credit for the win. Like for Krejci and Kaberle in the Czech Republic and for Chara in Slovakia for example.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        No matter where the fans, or the teams they like, or the players themselves are from, it’s a strange phenomenon to me whenever a “fan” takes on an attitude of superiority over other teams’ fans when theirs wins.

        They somehow seem to feel that being a supporter of a winning team makes them better than the supporters of a losing team.

        A LOT of people act this way. I suppose it really comes down to the prevalence of people with major inferiority complexes.

  11. Steve says:

    Nice title bar text Jon. Love your use of a different title text than the H1 tag like in this post. I started doing the same thing myself so my title text is more compelling and contains additional keywords. Canucks Sucks!

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Hahaha, I didn’t notice it until I read your comment. That’s hilarious. He’s fishing for visitors for sure. πŸ™‚

  12. fas says:

    Disgusting. That is not called fans, its called stupidity, lack of maturity and utter foolishness.

    And we thought it happened only in India?

    1. PPC Ian says:

      These people rioting need to get jobs. They have no sense of responsibility and no respect for property.

      1. Hooligans and rioters are found everywhere. They are not specific to any country or a city. They have the same mindset which is poor. There very nature is disrespect for anything.

  13. Radman says:

    Way to go all of you “Canuts” fans – that’s showing your spirit!

  14. Radman says:

    Heaven forbid the folks from Vancouver ever come to Seattle.

    1. Ash says:

      Um . . . .Seattle is 2 hours away, chances are some Vancouverites have already been there, and probably will go again.

    2. Radman,

      You are showing very poor judgdement here. John Chow is from Vancouver too for example. You would believe any demagogue anything and perhaps you are one yourself. Putting all people from a city under one pathetic label shows lack of discernment to say the least.

  15. Andrew says:

    The fans did some really crazy things.

  16. Vincent says:

    Incredible. And we are talking about sport here.

  17. John says:

    John, you said: “I was disappointed when the Canucks lost, but I’m more disappointed by the Vancouver Canucks fans”

    I think that should read “…I’m more disappointed by *these* Vancouver Canucks fans.”

    People who think the rioters are all a bunch of idiots all seem to say that “they’re not real fans” but I agree with you that they were in fact fans. They’re wearing the jerseys and by all indications were hoping Vancouver would take the cup.

    But that doesn’t mean that all fans should be lumped in with them. That’s like saying all internet marketers are scammers just because a few are.

    And there are plenty of other examples of similar stuff happening in cities around the world for other sports, like the 2008 World Series in Phillie for example. I think most people seeing this realize it’s a relatively small number of people involved, not the majority of the population of Vancouver.

  18. fazal mayar says:

    thats not very good for the city, riots are a pain. I wish Canucks would of won!

    1. Riots can be deadly as well. Lots of people got hurt.

      1. That*s right. About 150 people got injured.

  19. greatevents says:

    Interesting comments. The alledged riot was a known event. Bags were Not searched on the final night. Can you say staged photo op!
    These folks are not idiots or losers but dealing and knowning that their future has been sold down the garden path by government bureaucrats and scofflaws.

    Good event and I had a great view of interesting and practised police excersize. I counted over 20 tear gas shots near G & N . But I must credit the VPD for not really beating on people and escalating the situation. I hope all the protesters get well soon after the big event. Let’s do it again.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Information source, please?

      Riots do not require carrying any equipment. People can overturn cars and start fires with their hands and a lighter.

  20. Just saw on the news that these rioters might have been anarchists that came ready to riot regardless of the outcome.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      That would not surprise me at all.

      People who “follow” anarchy have such confused minds. They all act in organized orderly unison to fight against organization and order. Derrrrrrrr.

  21. What is happening around, fading out.

  22. Many people got hurt seems to bad to hear this news

  23. Hotdogman says:

    Stay classy, Vancouver.

  24. Corissa says:

    Those are pretty bold words.

    This needs to not be a reflection of Canucks fans. The Vancouver Canucks absolutely do not have the worst fans in the league. They are heartfelt, dedicated and respectful. I didn’t hear of any Canucks vans urinating on or verbally abusing Boston fans during the series – I wish I could say the same about the opposing team. Yes the people that started the riot are absolutely moronic but there’s morons everywhere and Vancouver is not the first city that has seen a riot during the playoffs. This riot was planned – half the cars that were destroyed were taken downtown purely for that purpose, and what do you think was going to happen with those molotov cocktails if the Canucks had one – gone straight on home to Coquitlam? I highly doubt it.

    Why don’t we look at how speedy the recovery was from the riot as the true reflection of Vancouver? The real Canucks fans banded together and spent the entire morning cleaning up the city. We were all disgusted by the riot.

    Also, if you have such a low opinion of Vancouver, maybe you shouldn’t take phrases right out of the mouths of their newscasters. Just saying.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Do you have a source for your claim of a planned riot with cars taken there explicitly for the purpose?

      It is possible that anarchists planned and started the riots. But there’s no way that all of those thousands of people were staged rioters. Anybody who didn’t immediately disperse, who hung around and cheered, etc, shares fault; many who acted this way actually are Canucks fans.

  25. Corissa says:

    *won

  26. Kevin Kimes says:

    I think the guy with the sign in the last photo got confused at first, thinking he was on a trip to Rio. Then somebody reminded him so he added the T.

  27. Matt says:

    It’s too bad sporting events can get out of hand. Some people take it too far.

  28. Rick says:

    I’ve read through your article and yes as a vancouverite and a canucks fan I am truly embarrassed by the actions of a select few. Its heartbreaking to lose game 7 of the stanley cup final but 100X worse to see your city being torn apart by brigands and hooligans. I hope you can see that these stupid people don’t represent all of us from vancouver or the canuck fan base. Now its extremely terrible and demoralizing to have people around the world think we’re a group of criminals and have the worst reputation for a professional sport fan base. Hopefully you have noticed the true vancouverites and fans who banded together the next morning to clean up the city aswell as the other people who have created websites and groups to catching those responsible.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      John is from Vancouver also, so of course he doesn’t count this against everybody in Vancouver. πŸ™‚

  29. Whitney says:

    Wow…some people are really really crazy, that’s for dang sure. Why does it have to come to this?

  30. That is really shameful act from the civilised citizens.

  31. I’ve never understood how people can get so worked up over a sport. Most don’t even have a stake in the win or loss other than it being their favorite team (excluding the gamblers of course) and to take a loss of your favorite team to violence is just madness in my opinion

  32. It really is unfortunate. I was really hoping for the Cup to return to Canada. πŸ™

  33. bruins champions says:

    VANCOUVER FANS SUCK. VANCOUVER CANNUCKS SUCK. VANCOUVER FANS HAVE NO CLASS. THEY PLANNED THE RIOTS CAUSE THEY KNEW, IN THE END, THEY WOULD LOSE LIKE ALWAYS. NOTHING WARMED MY HEART MORE THAN WATCHING VANCOUVER FANS MAKE COMPLETE FOOLS OF THEMSEVES AFTER THE GREATEST TEAM IN HOCKEY EMBARRASED THE SUCK-CANNUCKS.

    THAT’S CANADIANS, IN A NUTSHELL.

    BRUINS ARE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      You need help, buddy. I’d call you a racist, except Canadians aren’t a separate race. So you’re just demonstrating an extremely bigoted and small-minded attitude.

  34. CANNUCKS FAN SUCK says:

    F.U. Vancouver! Laughing at you for two weeks now! Vancouver fans absolutley suck. I’m sure you’ll give the world many more chances to see what sore loosers you are!

    Cannucks are finger biting pussys! They got what they deserved! LOSERS!

  35. Kevin Kimes says:

    Wow, do you guys just troll around the Internet looking for places to spew nonsensical hatred at other humans?

    Try the Golden Rule. It applies to words, too.

  36. Forex News says:

    This is ridiculous. Sport should never be a reason for violence (frpm the fans anyway)
    Thats what religion and natural resources are for. now thats real violence.

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