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Vancouver Canucks fan arrested in Chicago

May 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

Home team fans will often see a fan in an opposing team’s jersey and heckle them in good nature. In some places (*cough* Philadelphia *cough*), the nature of the ribbing might not be so good. Either way, violence is rarely the result of such jeering, but that was exactly the case in a recent incident, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Grant Rowe, 27, of West Haro Street in Vancouver, was arrested after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night after allegedly punching a United Center security guard in the mouth on the Near West Side, police said.

Rowe was charged with misdemeanor battery after being arrested at 10:05 p.m. Saturday at 1901 W. Madison St., according to police.

Rowe was in a security office at the United Center getting a report for a separate incident when he became agitated for an unidentified reason and struck a male stadium security officer in the lip causing minor swelling, according to a police report.

Talk about a sore winner.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)

  1. Matt Reitz - May 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    I’m sure that these are isolated incidents, but some of the Canucks fans attending the road playoff games are starting to give their fanbase a bad name. At each of the games at Staples Center, there were multiple events with Canucks fans acting like this… whether it was towards the ushers or opposing fans. Now it starts in Chicago as well? Not exactly the pattern that people in Vancouver probably want to see….

  2. lee - May 3, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    We don’t know any of the details about this incident so we really shouldn’t judge yet. It’s not like this stuff does not happen around the NHL with other teams either so don’t play the Canucks fan card.
    The media sometimes picks and chooses what to report. Case in point was a game involving the Oilers and Flames two seasons ago where a Flames’ fan pointed a laser at Oilers players. That never made the national news.
    I bet there were other incidents at the game last night. I know for a fact that several Canuck fans were assaulted at the United Center last year in the playoffs yet there was no press about it. Ryan Kesler’s parents in fact stated that they would not watch the Canucks play in Chicago because they were mistreated when they attended games last year.

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