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Massive Riot Erupts in Vancouver After Stanley Cup

6/16/2011 5:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Things got downright violent in Vancouver last night -- when angry fans RIOTED IN THE STREETS after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins in a 4-0 asskicking.

Cars were flipped and burned, windows smashed and stores were looted by drunk/angry hockey fans as police armed with pepper spray, tear gas and flash-bang grenades rushed to break it up.

Local law enforcement tells TMZ ... the situation is finally under control.

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People need to understand that these are NOT fans that started this ridiculous mayhem.

These are a bunch of a@@holes who decided they would riot regardless of a win or less and came downtown prepared with masks and hoodies and then a bunch of simple-minded people who decided to join in.

These people do not represent the majority of Vancouverites who are appalled at this behaviour and who have already started Facebook sites to identify the rioters and looters and to help clean up the downtown area.

1223 days ago


How sad that a few drunken, drugged hoodlums have to give Canadians a bad name.
I hope the authorities nail them to the cross for this.

1223 days ago


While I don't believe the rioting reflects the whole of Canada, all of the Vancouver apologists need to stop with the whole "it wasn't the fans, it was other hooligans causing all of the trouble."

There is video of jersey wearing people exiting the arena and beginning to riot. These same "not the fans" were inside of the arena shouting classless chants of "you suck" to the Bruins when they were receiving the cup.

I don't know about the whole of Vancouver, but their hockey fans are classless, gutless losers... which is fitting since their team mirrors that perfectly.

1223 days ago


People often ask me why I moved from Vancouver, "The most beautiful city in the world". This is why. I could not stand the people of the city that talk it up, but then sink so low to do something like this, and not learn from '94. I'm one disgusted and disappointed Canadian today. All over a silly game...

1223 days ago


It is sad to see a small portion of the population is garnering negative headlines for our wonderful country. Today I hear nothing but embarrassment and anger from people regarding this incident. This is not how we want the world to view our country. The Bruins won the game/ series/ cup and they deserved it. Good for them! What some people seem to forget is the Bruins team is comprised mostly of Canadians so if anything we should be equally proud of them.

1223 days ago


These are not fans.... they are an embarrasment to the Canucks, BC and Canada! I hope they catch every last one of those idiots!

1223 days ago


As a Canadian, please do not lump us in to one category. we're not all like this. I'm very ashamed and embarrassed that a group of people is giving the rest of Vancouver, BC, and Canada in general, a bad name. We're not all like this. These people were not true hockey fans, i know people who are true hockey fans and they accepted this loss gracefully, they were upset, as is expected, but they showed grace. These people are not fans, they were looking for any excuse they could to cause mayhem and problems. This is not who we are, this is a small group of people who are tainting Canada and Vancouver, please don't think that everyone is like this.

1223 days ago


I am a Vancouverite & a Hockey Fan. True Hockey Fans were not in the riot lastnight.

Those were stupid jerks (being polite here) that riot just to riot. Their faces are all over facebook and they will be caught and punished. Don't critize the entire town & true Fans over a bunch of jerks.

1223 days ago


These losers did not care about the game at all and DO NOT represent the fans of this city. These are simply drunkin' cowards with nothing better to do. Shameful!!

1223 days ago


Just have to say the majority of us from Vancouver are ashamed that this happened. Bruins played a good game and we lost. It should have been left at that. From what I saw on the local news the people that did this were stupid young kids who seem to have shown up just to cause problems.

1223 days ago


I am Canadian and proud of it (most of the time) it's funny how more than half of the Boston Bruins are actually Canadian, and to the dbag that said that "Canada could fall off the face of the earth and nobody would care" you could only come from U.S.A to say such an idiotic comment. Our economy is doing great and we never cut peoples jobs, i would think twice before crapping on my neighbor.

1223 days ago

red sox    

I'm sorry but all you Canadians saying these weren't 'fans', they clearly were and that's FINE - we understand that it wasn't ALL fans. But don't make it sound like it was just these people who came out of no where, this has happened before in Vancouver and many, many other cities across the world. It's drunken fans, sorry. And even in pictures and video, the thousands of fans surrounding the rubble/chaos are SMILING, CHANTING, ENCOURAGING! Sorry, not classy but not a reflection of your entire country either. Congrats Boston Bruins - Tim Thomas gave a truly inspired playoff performance.

1223 days ago


I'm Canadian and i think these loosers are pathetic!
Way 2 GO idiots.
Hope they all get caught !

1223 days ago


Please let it be known that what happened in vancouver is not a reflection on the true hockey fans or the people that live here. Not everyone is a sore loser just a few idiots who had nothing better to do.I live in vancouver and I am ashamed of what happened last night. Congrats to Boston for a good game and the stanley cup win.

1223 days ago


To see some of the still pictures of these morons, go on facebook and check under Vancouver riot pics.
Accrding to some of the posters, some of the rioters bosted on facebook what they did.

I hope they get the plank.

1223 days ago
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