Remember when we all assumed Vancouver had learned from its rioting 17 years ago? And we thought that win or lose, 2011 would be different, and that this time the city would show some class? We don’t either. While we realize that the images we’re seeing during the post-game riot in the city’s downtown core are likely a product of a small but vocal minority, that’s no justification for another embarrassing reaction to another crushing Stanley Cup Final loss.

We had faith in you, Vancouver. Now it’s pretty comical that a fanbase filled with complaints about their treatment in Boston has sunk even lower with public vandalism and general buffonery in their own city.

History will indeed be made in Vancouver, and we’ve got you covered with the gratuitous footage of muttonheaded dolts behaving badly on the streets.

This poor guy looks like he’s just trying to get away from danger, but he gets it worse than anyone:

Even more idiocy here as some dimwit attempts to climb atop a burning car, and falls into it. Good luck in life, bud:

CTVNews B.C. has been running a live stream from the centre of the carnage, the Vancouver Province is hosting a live blog that aggregates tweets from the scene and commentary, too.

Riot rock

Comments (22)

  1. i hope these people get jail time for being idoits. why people think its right to brake windows put cars on figher is so stuiped. and its a ashame really because vancouver a good place and a nice city to see.

  2. I want to say that Vancouver isn’t like this and I am embarrassed by this. The group that you see out there are not indicative of the Canuck fans. If you watched the game and saw the people who clapped for Tim Thomas, those are the real fans. The people you see on the street are ones that use the Canucks as an excuse to go out and drink and party. The ones that use a lost as an excuse to go out and start havoc. I am ashamed and I feel really bad about this right now. I am more angry at this than sad about the lost of the Cup. To be honest, I don’t care about the Cup anymore. My City and what these people did to it just pisses me off so much.

  3. Just remember, these people were NOT from Vancouver. They are idiots from the burbs who were intent on, win or lose, starting a riot. If there is a riot then you can loot. Merchandise will probably start showing up on craig’s list tomorrow. I hate to say it but anyone injured in this riot who refused to leave and stuck around to laugh, high five and take phone videos deserve it. They are as much to blame as the riotrs themselves. Most of the people were young, I hope their parents see them and are proud of the job they did.

  4. I agree with Brian. It hurts to see the Canucks lose but you get over it and move on. This display of anger makes me sick. Its a big black eye for Vancouver and doesn’t change the fact that Boston won. Real fans of the Canucks and of hockey would not go out and do this. I would have given anything to have been able to watch my favorite team.I hope those that had a part in these riots get the harshest of punishment, and anyone brought to justice should also be banned from being able to go to any future Canucks games. Maybe next year the Canucks will pull a Pittsburgh and go to the finals again but win it all. Here’s hoping so.

  5. Which begs the ultimate question: can a game of hockey really set off so much animosity, or is there some other underlying feeling that isn’t getting played out in the Canadian psyche? But then again, who said you need to be Canadian to get wound up when your team doesn’t beget you the sense of accomplishment you’re looking for in life?

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/06/canada-goes-to-war-with-itself-after-losing-the-stanley-cup-finals/

  6. Well i hope that the fans get what they deserve i also what to say is that this act of violence puts a black mark on the Vancouver Canucks orginization who now have to apoligize to the National Hockey League and the city it self i hope that these rioters apoligize to the city the vancouver canucks and the nhl.

  7. [...] 16, 2011 I’m a little groggy this morning after a long night of watching playoff hockey and burning cars, but we’ll get through this together. The hockey part was highly entertaining, and the best [...]

  8. AMAZING HOW A BUNCH IDIOTS CAN TURN AN HISTORICAL EVENT INTO COMPLETE KAOS BECAUSE A HOCKEY TEAM LOST……….WAKE UP PEOPLE AND GET A GRIP OF REALITY,TIME IN A JAIL CELL MAY OR MAY NOT HELP THE GOONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAYHEM THEY CAUSED. GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE TO THE TRUE CANUCK FANS THAT CHEERED FOR THOMAS AND LUCIC AND THE REST OF THE CHAMPION BRUINS…………….TRUE FANS OF THE GAME…………….

  9. The fans in Vancouver are disgraceful! During the series when they were losing the Canucks resorted to cheap shots and tried to intentionally injure the Boston players with blantent elbows to the head, and hits when the Bruins players weren’t looking. I see the fans follow suit. TO the Canucks and their fans, you lost suck it up. Sore losers and childish fans. Disgusting.

  10. I agree w/Tim Goon Players, Goon Fans. Vancouver shows it’s true colours.

  11. What do you expect from a city and team that has men dressed up in green body suits who try to annoy players from other teams? Or from a fan who would flash the penalty box on National Television. My daughter was watching that game along with many other families with their children, disgraceful. THESE ARE NOT THE TYPES OF FANS ANY PROFESSIONAL SPORT WANTS. They are a joke and when you put a bunch of bandwaggon jumpers together who have absolutely no idea about hockey, this is the result. GOOD FOR YOU CITY OF VANCOUVER, YOU DISGRACED AN ENTIRE COUNTRY!

  12. Tim & Alex you are showing your true colors as well. Hateful even when you win.

  13. David you are disgracing your country with your blind hate.

  14. David i’m a parent too, and I can see why a women flashing her chest on national television would be very upsetting. You need to realize that, that is not all Vancouver fans. The riots were ridiculous and put a blemish on the city, but it’s NOT ALL FANS. To Tim & Alex, ya some of those hits were cheap shots, but that’s hockey. Unfortunately during the game players do stupid things, and the Vancouver play was suspended as a result of the cheap hit on the Boston player. It was a great series, just sad that even with their team taking it to game 7, some of the fans and some onlookers resorted to such childish actions.

  15. Great series? Over 7 games it was 23 – 8 Boston. Luongo for Boston Bruins MVP!

  16. RIOT CITY! SURREY! RIOT CITY Coquitlam! RIOT CITY! WEST VAN!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT-dziK9atU

  17. My first disappoint in all of this started when the Vancouver Canucks fans in the arena booed at Gary Bettman. That was not the time and place to show displeasure for the commish regardless of the reason. It was a time, for both fans, to celebrate the winner of Lord Stanley’s Cup and also to celebrate a great series played by the Canucks. I don’t know what else to say except that I am disappointed of what happened both in and out of the arena last night.

  18. As much as people say those people ‘weren’t from vancouver’ and aren’t ‘true fans’ of the canucks, out of the thousands of idiots making fools out of themselves, at least a few hundred live and work in the city and support that team. Based on how these fans, ‘true or not’, reacted I feel Boston deserved to win even more so now. Vancouver is such a nice city, but this is going to bring canada’s reputation for being a ‘nice and well cultured’ country down the drain…getting so upset about a game in which only no more than 5 nations on the planet are good at…disgraceful.

  19. [...] dollar value on the damages, the pictures below are the most encouraging.We could have posted more images and video of last night’s riot today, images that have made at least five laps around the Interwebs by [...]

  20. TO THE CITY OF VANCOUVER WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE IS NOT ONLY DIGRACED THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE ,VANCOUVER CANUCKS,THERE TRUE FANS.ITS PITIFULL I KNOW THAT VANCOUVER WAS A HAPPY PLACE BACK IN 2010 OH HOW THINGS CHANGED SINCE THE OLYMPICS U GUYS WENT FROM GRACEFULL TO DISGRACEFULL.WAY TO GO.WENT FROM HERO TO ZERO IN A COURSE OF A YEAR.YOU GUYS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF URSELVES AND NEVER BE ALOUND BACK IN ROGERS ARENA IM SORRY TRUE CANUCK FANS IM SORRY.

  21. Oh boo hoo. Rioting embarrases Vancouver? Cause nobody has ever had a sports related riot before.

    Other than, you know, all of Europe (soccer hooligans), and most of North America. For example, at the University of Maryland in 2002 when their basketball team won the national title. Or in 2003 when the University of Minnesota won the national hockey championship. How about in 1999, when Michigan State University lost to Duke in the NCAA Final Four? In 1998, Denver Broncos fans rioted, while they had “near-riots” in 1997 for the Broncos, as well as 96 and 01 for the Avalanche. Oakland in 2003 rioted after the Raiders lost the super bowl. Lakers fans in 2000 stormed the streets of LA after they won the NBA finals.

    Oh, and don’t forget Boston. Some of you have said they deserved the win more since Vancouver rioted. Well, how about the Boston baseball riots in 2003, 2004, and 2009? There were riots after the Celtics won in 2008, and after the Patriots won in 2003. They even rioted after UMass Amherst was eliminated from some football championship back in 2006.

    The only cities that don’t riot? Ones that don’t make it near the Championship – no wonder you lot of Torontonians are running your mouths as if Vancouver was some unique stain on this countries reputation.

  22. YEPi I agree with Steve Stephen and Helen I would like to know how Nathan Horton could smuggle water if that what is was across the border I guess we could of held him for smuggling so be careful what country that you are running down We are proud of Vancouver.
    the people deserve nothing but praise.

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