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Like most of the people who live in Vancouver, I am both outraged and deeply saddened by what happened in our city last night.

We lost a hockey game, sad, but it is not the end of the world. Every previous game in this series had folk downtown, celebrating, watching on the big screens positioned throughout the main core. The atmosphere was great.

Last night a group of young men decided, if the team lost, they were going to cause trouble, and that they did, in a big way. I was at first almost speechless, then horrified, angry and so sad.

My daughter works in that area, the business centre of the city, she was stunned this morning by the damage. She had gone early to see what needed to be done.

She wasn’t alone, people have gone downtown this morning, many who don’t work there, just to help, the businesses affected, in the clean-up. I have heard numbers of 12000, but that may not be accurate. All wanting to make it clear, that what was perpetrated by some last night, isNOT who we are in Vancouver, it is not who the Canuck fans are.

The actions of a few, and those who stood around to watch! must not take away, from the fantastic year this hockey team has worked so hard to achieve They are the top team in the NHL, they won everything except the cup, and Vancouverites have been behind them all the way. They have nothing to be ashamed of. Yes of course, losing the cup in the final game is devastating, but what happened after….that should in no way take, from what they have achieved.

As most of you on my list know, I am not a big sports fan, but this…this was done by a group of testosterone driven hooligans, and I hope the justice system throws the proverbial book at them. They have cost the city millions in dollars. But also so much more. How our city is viewed, not just by the rest of Canada, but by the world. There were over 100,000 people downtown last night, and many more in communities around the Lower Mainland. Most were peaceful folk, who wanted to support their team. This morning the number of those who caused the destruction and carnage, are far outnumbered by the people willingly clearing up. That is what our city is about, this is who we are.



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Jun. 16th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
I glanced at that on the news ticker, but didn't really pay attention (I guess we're a little blasè about sports hooliganism in Europe). Sorry that happened, it sounds more serious than I thought. :(

Jun. 16th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
What happened is really very serious, Every window in the downtown core is shattered, stores looted. Cars set on fire. It was terrible.

A. works in the head office of one of the major banks in the area. They have no idea of when the actual bank will open, as every window is out, and a great deal of damage, they are only one of many businesses affected.

It was devastating to watch riot squads and mounted police, try to regain control of our city last night.

The hooligans came prepared to do this, even bringing cars and trucks, they then burned.

This was not fans, and it is not what our city is about.

Jun. 16th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Holy cow! O_o

I don't think anyone would draw conclusions about Vancouver, or normal fans, though. God knows we have our crazies over here too.
Jun. 16th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately conclusions are already being drawn. Vancouver is, shall we say, not the most popular city in Canada, and the least popular in the hockey world. I really don't know why, but last night gave some, more ammunition to use in the future.

As you know I grew up Catholic and in Scotland. One you were less than...because you were catholic. Two you weren't English, Think of how many folk say England, when they mean Britain. Vancouver has for many years, been written off in the same way, almost as if anything west of the Rockies, isn't really Canadian. According to the news, and they could be wrong, the majority of Canadians, outside of Vancouver, wanted Boston to win, anyone but Vancouver. So last night really doesn't help at all.
Jun. 16th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
I read the mayor said that the young men came with fire starting material before the game started, so they were going to do this win or lose.

I think they should be banned from any further games EVER and definitely charges should be brought. I don't want to see this again in our city. It makes me want to not have a hockey team (though they were not at fault).
Jun. 16th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
I understand they did. They also brought trucks to set on fire.

I think they should be thrown in jail, then spend time cleaning the streets of Vancouver for a year. I also think a portion of any money they earn, should be garnished for the next ten years, to go toward the cost of the destruction they have caused.

We should have our hockey team, and be proud of what they achieved this year, let that not be overshadowed but those who perpetrated this horror.
Jun. 16th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I hate assholes who like to be assholes just for the sake of being an asshole. You can always tell the troublemakers like that--it's why I don't sit in the cheap seats when I see the Avs, because there are always drunk jerks looking to start fights. Considering the technology today, I hope there are some pics and the few bad apples can be prosecuted. I'm sorry it happened in your city. It sounded pretty terrifying.
Jun. 16th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
I have no words left to describe the youths who did this. They weren't at the game, but in the streets watching on the big screens, there was no trouble inside the arena.

There are lots of pictures of the perpetrators, I doubt few, if any, will get off.

Watching it on TV was bad enough, I can't imagine what it must have been like to be there, especially for those trying to help.
Jun. 16th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that a few dumb people ruined something for so many people. Here in Germany we are sadly used to Hooligans and their action but that doesn't mean that I don't think it's sad that some people try to use a lame excuse like not winning the cup for destroying things

Jun. 16th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
I am not sure I would call most of them dumb. They knew what they were planning to do, whether the team won or lost.

The destruction they have caused is really extensive. My daughter works downtown in the head offices of a major bank. They are still unable to open. Every single window on the main floor, has been smashed, as have most of the windows in that area of the city.

Jun. 16th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
I heard it on the news this morning, and yes I know it's not the sports fans, it's hooligans and I don't get it. A disgrace to sports or anything really.
They're everywhere and I really hate when the small but powerfull group of idiots supposedly supporting my team makes trouble.
I'm sorry you lost, but number two is great.

Good to know that the sensible people outnumber the hooligans and people stick together and help clean up the mess.

Jun. 17th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
The people who orchestrated this were not fans, they planned this. Certainly some were caught up in the adrenaline, and social media played a big part in spreading it. "The Riot Braggers" They are already being identified, and arrests are being made.

They even took the computers from one of the banks!! Stores were completely cleaned out and trashed.

The damage goes further, tourists have asked to be moved from downtown, bookings have been cancelled. As one travel consultant said, if someone is thinking of coming here, they usually google Vancouver...for a long time, the only thing coming up will be reports of last night.

But the other side, is all the folk who went downtown to help clean-up, and the messages being left on the boarded windows of "The Bay". At the game, nearly all the fans stayed and cheered the guys who did will the cup.

Yes good folk outnumber the others and who knows, we may win the cup next year.:))

Jun. 18th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
This even made the news on the media over here. It's not something that you generally associate with Canadians, Vancouver or hockey games :(

I hope the men who did this are identified and that they suffer the effects of the full force of the law.
Jun. 18th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
We did have a riot in '94 again they lost in the seventh game, but it was not nearly as bad as this. I think we all thought it couldn't happen again, especially with all the other games having large numbers with little trouble.

Oh! They are not only being identified, but some have lost their jobs when employers saw them on the videos, and some are just turning themselves in.

The wonderful good thing, is the response by Vancouverites, 12000, came down the next day to help clear up. One of the bigger stores to be vandalised, had to cover the broken windows with wood. These have become a place for people to write what they are feeling. A police car is covered with sticky notes saying 'thank you' There has been a great outpouring from people that this is not acceptable in our city.

Now we have to see if the justice system will follow through.


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