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Downtown Vancouver rocked by Stanley Cup post-game riot
Vancouver Sun (Newspaper) ^ | 6/16/11 | Various Reporters

Posted on 06/16/2011 7:46:13 AM PDT by MplsSteve

Angry Canucks fans are on a rampage, smashing windows, looting and torching cars and dumpsters on the streets of downtown Vancouver.

More than three hours after the Stanley Cup final loss, police are moving up Howe St. toward the crowd massed at the Chapters book store on Howe and Robson.

They are very gradually pushing the crowd North up Howe.

Police spokeswoman Jana McGuiness warned earlier that police are about to escalate their response.

She said they will be igniting flash-bangs, which make loud noises and spray.

"What we're doing right now is bringing in hundreds of police officers."

The message is, you need to leave."

Officers armed with canisters massed on the corner of Granville and Robson. It is not clear whether it is tear gas or pepper spray

They are protected by shields, batons and masks.

McGuiness said the epicentre of the trouble is Granville and Georgia, she said. And even if transit isn't operating, people need to walk away from the area, she said.

When asked if police had lost control of the crowd, McGuiness would only say police have a plan to deal with the unruly crowds.

Vancouver police are closing lanes on Granville and Burrard and Cambie Street bridges to prevent more people from coming Downtown. Bus service has been halted in the downtown core

(Excerpt) Read more at vancouversun.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: canucks; hockey; looting; riots; vancouver; vandalism
This story is a bit old as it appears to have not been updated since last night.

But from the pictures on the website, parts of downtown Vancouver appear to be a total mess. I'm only slightly amazed that no one was killed.

But when you look at thiese pictures, I get the feeling that a strong majority of the rioters were only casual hockey fans at best and most were street punks and other assorted dirtballs who frequent downtown Vancouver.

Comments or opinions - anyone?

1 posted on 06/16/2011 7:46:19 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Its a shame, this stuff is usually limited to NBA games.

The outcome was obvious before the series even started. The refs were giving Boston the cup.


2 posted on 06/16/2011 7:49:18 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: MplsSteve

They need to calm down and resume wrestling bears and drinking maple syrup like Justin Morneau.


3 posted on 06/16/2011 7:49:42 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: MplsSteve

They need to calm down and resume wrestling bears and drinking maple syrup like Justin Morneau.


4 posted on 06/16/2011 7:49:52 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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One million dollars in property damage and ONE BILLION DOLLARS in bad publicity for the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.
5 posted on 06/16/2011 7:49:52 AM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: driftdiver

Uhh. Yeah. Sure.


6 posted on 06/16/2011 7:50:49 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: MplsSteve

I didn’t get to bed until after 2 AM EST, because I couldn’t tear away from the live feed.

I feel bad for the normal people in Vancouver. They are clearly disgusted and embarrassed by this, and who wouldn’t be?

If it happened in Boston, I would be angry, disgusted and mortified as well.

This gives me some impetus to read Ann Coulter’s new book “Demonic” which covers liberalism and mob mentality.


7 posted on 06/16/2011 7:53:35 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: MplsSteve

Angry Canuckistani *ping*...


8 posted on 06/16/2011 7:54:28 AM PDT by Bean Counter
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To: driftdiver
The refs were giving Boston the cup.

Tim Thomas gave Boston The Cup.

And, that's coming from this diehard Montreal Canadiens fan

Any way.....way to stay classy Vancouver.

9 posted on 06/16/2011 7:54:53 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Or, they could get more people to try to jump over flaming cars and fall inside, or others to get hit in the nuts by an exploding, concussive crowd control devices.

As lousy and disgusting as this behavior is, those two incidents were priceless and gave me pause to laugh.


10 posted on 06/16/2011 7:56:04 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: MplsSteve; All
We've come to associate street rioting on the heels of a favorite team winning a championship.

This business in Vancouver is strange, since it follows of very disappointing loss in the deciding game of a best-of-seven series.

Very strange also for usually placid Canadians.

11 posted on 06/16/2011 7:58:02 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Puppage

Coming from a Montreal fan, that comment takes class and guts, because I know how wrenching that is.

We have burned a Montreal jersey in effigy here (in my younger days) but we did it in the privacy of our backyard, not by torching a car and toasting the jersey over it...

Besides. We only have a couple dozen more Stanley Cups to catch up to the Habs...


12 posted on 06/16/2011 7:59:13 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: MplsSteve

This sounds like an ideal situation for the new area denial microwave crowd control device.


13 posted on 06/16/2011 8:00:15 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: driftdiver
http://grendelreport.posterous.com/michelle-obama-thief-loses-law-license

I actually thought the Canucks scored early in the first period. Thomas caught the puck in his glove and swung the glove back over the goal line. The net was dislodged. There was only one slo-mo replay. The announcers were clueless as ever.

ML/NJ

14 posted on 06/16/2011 8:01:24 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: justiceseeker93

It bothered me. I was so disturbed by it that I completely lost track of the fact that the Cup had been won.

Watching that stuff made me resolve to begin conceal carry all the time.


15 posted on 06/16/2011 8:01:34 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Happened in 94 too when Vanc lost to NY Rangers. Footage was shown on World’s Wildest Police Videos


16 posted on 06/16/2011 8:03:52 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: driftdiver
[Correction]

The refs were giving Boston the cup.

I actually thought the Canucks scored early in the first period. Thomas caught the puck in his glove and swung the glove back over the goal line. The net was dislodged. There was only one slo-mo replay. The announcers were clueless as ever.

ML/NJ

17 posted on 06/16/2011 8:06:12 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Truth29

I know Vancouver is a fairly liberal city, having visited once for a week and noticed the extremely high incidence of aggressive panhandlers and people casually shooting drugs (I presume heroin) in parks as you walked by, so I bet the police force is accordingly trained in pussified crowd-control techniques, as is the norm for most municipalities frightened of litigation, as they all are.

I thought they let it go on too long. Once things started escalating, they should have marched forward in unison, tased the people egging everyone else on, cuffed them where they lay, stepped over them and kept going to the next one.

They should not allow a SOB to stand 10 feet in front of them throwing things at them.


18 posted on 06/16/2011 8:07:48 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: MplsSteve
check the disturbing vids here, especially where kids are posing in front of burning cars
19 posted on 06/16/2011 8:08:47 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (everything is almost done being unwound)
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To: MplsSteve
The message is, you need to leave."

No, what they need to do is arrest the people. Sentence them to a few months in prison and take their bank accounts or garnish their wages (if any of them work) or make them pay back every penny of damage they caused, plus a penalty for good measure.

20 posted on 06/16/2011 8:10:43 AM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: rlmorel
LOL. Thanks. I never liked the taste of crow. However, you have to give credit where credit is due. Thomas was spectacular.

Not to mention the non stop hitting the Bruins did. I think it scared the Canucks from really digging in the corners for the puck. You could see how tentative/reluctant they were to do so.

Also, where were the Sedin sisters in this series?

21 posted on 06/16/2011 8:13:10 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: MplsSteve

It looks like they need to add Officer Fife to their police department.

“Nip it in the BUD!”

Read the Riot Act.

Order the crown to disperse.

Begin 60 second count down.

Unleash water cannon shooting fluorescent green slime mixed with skunk oil, chilled to about 33 degrees F.

It would save a lot of property damage and maybe some lives.

(Of course, the lawyers & “advocacy” groups would have a field day.)


22 posted on 06/16/2011 8:15:17 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: raccoonradio
Ironic pic (note teddy bear). Vanc beat Preds, Blackhawks, and Sharks. They did not beat Bruins

speaking of teddy bears

23 posted on 06/16/2011 8:16:49 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: InvisibleChurch
I took this off the screen last night...


24 posted on 06/16/2011 8:24:53 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: Puppage

Nobody likes crow. But sometimes, the other team wins, and just sometimes, the other team is the better team.

I learned that when my Patriots lost to the NY Giants back in 2008. As tough as that was, I eventually had to acknowledge that the Giants just wanted it more and played harder to get it.

That made the Giants a better team on that day. This was a seven game series, so there is even less wiggle room.


25 posted on 06/16/2011 8:28:19 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: MplsSteve

Canadians Gone Wild! But just wait `til they find out we’ve been shooting their geese ....


26 posted on 06/16/2011 8:28:36 AM PDT by tumblindice (One last time! R only B only Jones! ..........Ronly Bonly Jones party, your table is ready.)
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To: MplsSteve

I wonder if the Black Block, or other radical Left anarchist groups, are using this as an opportunity to practice tactics?


27 posted on 06/16/2011 8:30:44 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: rlmorel

Reminds me of the molotov scene in “A Bronx Tale”.


28 posted on 06/16/2011 8:52:23 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Puppage

I believe I saw the Sedins this morning...on the side of a milk carton.


29 posted on 06/16/2011 8:54:29 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh
I believe I saw the Sedins this morning...on the side of a milk carton.

Classic!

30 posted on 06/16/2011 8:59:58 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: ml/nj

no goal on that play. not even close.


31 posted on 06/16/2011 9:03:44 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: PapaBear3625
I wonder if the Black Block, or other radical Left anarchist groups, are using this as an opportunity to practice tactics?

Good possibility. In some of the pics you see young punks wearing the bandannas over their faces typical of the anarchist tactics. I'd be willing to bet that the leftist punks infiltrated a half drunk crowd coming out of bars and such, started the looting and burning knowing that mob psychology would get a lot of other idiots to join in.

32 posted on 06/16/2011 9:04:07 AM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: MplsSteve

If a small percentage of fans are that upset, maybe they should pillage the player’s homes instead of downtown. /s of course


33 posted on 06/16/2011 9:08:43 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Puppage

To be honest, I thought the Bruins were a flawed team in some respects, especially getting the puck out of their own zone. As a Boston fan, I admit I came down on Chara many times, because as a heralded defenseman, I thought he gave up the puck in his own end too often with bad passes, and the team as a whole seemed to have one move deep in their own zone: bank it behind the net, no matter who was on the other side.

But as someone who played goal for fifteen years, I could see the strength in Thomas’s play. Even if he is unorthodox in some respects, he had superlative balance, always seemed to stay right over his skates, had good anticipation, and was aggressive, aggressive, aggressive.

For me, it was the play a few games back where a Vancouver player was standing right in front of him and knocked an incoming puck out of the air with his hand. The puck dropped right as his feet...before he could whack it in, Thomas decked him.

As a goalie, I have had that happen more times than I can count, and it is a move that always made me feel completely helpless. The player often knows right where the puck will fall, and it is a bang-bang play...that was emblematic to me that he did exactly the right thing at the right time there.


34 posted on 06/16/2011 9:14:25 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: rlmorel
I thought he gave up the puck in his own end too often with bad passes

That's classic Hal Gill!

He either ices the puck or gives it away. He skates like he's wearing cinder blocks for skates....there's never any urgency with him, he lumbers after the puck. At least Chara can skate.

Hey, how about me make a trade????

35 posted on 06/16/2011 9:19:14 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: outpostinmass2
I think you are wrong. I saw it live and then replayed it here. If you don't think it was even close you weren't paying attention.

ML/NJ

36 posted on 06/16/2011 9:22:55 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: rlmorel

We lived in Vancouver for 18 months in late 90’s...”liberal”....they GIVE addicts needles....they let panhandlers roam the streets...once at the entry to a theatre there was a LINE OF PANHANDLERS going after those in the line for the theatre...we lived not far from where all this happened...Robson used to be the MOST expensive place to rent/lease for business in North America...(there were Starbucks on the 3 of 4 corners of one intersection of Robson)oh, and we were there when the doctors were going on strike on Friday’s;..cause they weren’t getting paid by the gov’t. LIBERAL? MUCHO...MUCHO...MUCHO...It was an “experience.” Then we moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.....NOT quite as liberal.


37 posted on 06/16/2011 9:37:36 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: Puppage

Thomas is a very good goalie. The refs made him look even better.


38 posted on 06/16/2011 10:06:33 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Puppage

LOL...I liked Hal Gill when he was with the Bruins...he is big and lumbering, not very agile, but I always thought of him as fairly dependable. IIRC, he was a fine compliment to Ray Bourque those last few years, because if he failed, he did it predictably and Bourque could see it and compensate.

I had a big jump in my estimation of Chara, because as the playoffs went on, he did seem to pick his game up even more. The clincher for me was in game 6 against Vancouver, he was on the ice killing a penalty, and he just took off at maximum speed to chase down a puck in the Vancouver zone.

For guys that big, they really can’t skate like that because it takes a toll, IMO. But he did it, and it really surprised me.


39 posted on 06/16/2011 10:13:23 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: driftdiver
Thomas is a very good goalie. The refs made him look even better.

The refs didn't help him stop a puck.

40 posted on 06/16/2011 11:14:32 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

‘The refs didn’t help him stop a puck. “

No but they had a massive impact on the number of pucks he had to stop.


41 posted on 06/16/2011 11:18:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

How so? I belive he stopped 37 shots. Would a “massive” impact have resulted in another 15 shots? Let’s say shot #38 goes in. They would have had to generate a lot more shots to make up a few more goals.

Perhaps a “few” more shots, but I think “massive” is a “massive” overstatement.

I don’t really see what you are driving at.


42 posted on 06/16/2011 11:49:05 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: rlmorel

take game 7 against Tampa. Boston has an abysmal power play and penalty kill. Tampa was outstanding in both categories.

no penalties were called, despite some very blatant penalties.

Against the Canucks the same thing happened. Pretty obvious the NHL decided it was Boston’s turn.


43 posted on 06/16/2011 12:17:39 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Pretty obvious you’re from Florida. Get over it Dude.


44 posted on 06/16/2011 12:23:43 PM PDT by Pompah
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To: driftdiver

Listen to yourself. Blame the refs? Everyone was in the tank for this except the Canucks?

The refs didn’t forecheck, take the puck and pass it to someone in front of the Vancouver net.

The refs didn’t kill those penalties that were called.

The refs didn’t skate faster to the other end of the ice to avoid icing or force icing.

The refs didn’t put the puck past a goalie. It is the goalie’s responsibility to stop the puck.


45 posted on 06/16/2011 12:48:35 PM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: rlmorel

Dude get over it, boston sucks and had to have it given to them.


46 posted on 06/16/2011 12:55:59 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
Vancouver played dirty the entire playoffs. The refs didn't help the Blackhawks out when we were getting cheap shotted by Alexander Burrows.

The Canuck fans take queue from their team, a bunch of sore loser punks.

47 posted on 06/16/2011 3:37:03 PM PDT by Dengar01 ("Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" - Dr. Michael Savage)
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To: driftdiver

Well, I guess the only thing worse than losing to a better team is to lose to a better team, and on top of that, delude yourself for the rest of your life that some kind of conspiracy was afoot to rob you personally.

Good luck with that.


48 posted on 06/16/2011 5:29:55 PM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: MplsSteve

Government schooling. Anarchists = Marxists and to them destruction of property or stealing is righteous living.

Bread and circuses...then riots if the monkeys feel like it.


49 posted on 06/16/2011 8:47:11 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

I would bet that the rioters weren’t Canadiens, but the anarchist human trash that likes to riot in the Pacific Northwest.


50 posted on 06/16/2011 8:55:07 PM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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