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Canucks owner vented frustration at losing Stanley Cup to reporters following Game 7

Jun 16, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

Francesco Aquilini AP

Vancouver’s loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals managed to bring out a lot of the worst in everyone. While the lasting memory will be of Canucks fans and local hoodlums who decided that burning the city down and rioting was the right way to grieve after a loss, the ugliness wasn’t just just kept on the outside of Rogers Arena as it turns out.

Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini was in attendance at Game 7 and while that’s a home game for him and not all too surprising, he apparently wasn’t in the greatest of moods following Vancouver’s 4-0 loss to Boston in Game 7. While that much would be understandable, about the last people you’d want to lash out at or near would be the hordes of media who descended upon Vancouver to see the Stanley Cup handed out.

As it turns out, Aquilini missed that day in PR class according to legendary Edmonton Sun writer Terry Jones. Jones’ scathing column dressing down Vancouver for their fans’ antics both in burning the city down and being perhaps some of the least friendly fans on the Internet also took Aquilini to task for being less than cordial.

Like the Canucks, who told us again and again that they’d learned their lessons, Vancouver claimed they’d learned theirs from 1994. Neither learned a thing.

It wasn’t just the idiots who rioted. Reaction from the exceedingly large lunatic fringe of fans from the other side of the mountains was unbelievable via Twitter, email, etc. throughout the playoffs. Rude. Obnoxious. Begging to be blocked. These are the same people who harbour conspiracy theories, who reportedly threw projectiles at Gary Bettman on the ice during the Stanley Cup presentation and one who shouted out while rioting that “this is all Bettman’s fault!”

It ended with Vancouver owner Francesco Aquilini telling multiple members of the media in the Canucks dressing room to go fornicate elsewhere.

Well isn’t that just lovely.

There are many very cool and wonderful Canucks fans to be found out on the Internet and real life. Heck, most of you post here for comments (note: we’re shameless) there’s an obvious disgusting underbelly of fans who bring shame to the rest of the lot. From those who decided to torch downtown Vancouver to those who verbally harangued former Calgary Flames star Theo Fleury via Twitter who had the audacity to say that he didn’t think Roberto Luongo could win them the Stanley Cup this year, the ugly side of fandom was out in force in Vancouver.

With all the disgusting comments thrown Fleury’s way it would ultimately be Fleury who got the last laugh as the Canucks came up short of winning their first Stanley Cup and Luongo would be front and center of the discussion. Life has a funny way of working out that way. Sometimes when you see a fan base take a loss as hard as a Stanley Cup Game 7 can be you feel sympathy for them for being so close to coming out on top only to fall short.

That brand of emotional outpouring was hard to come by in this case because there’s been so many ugly things surrounding this Canucks team and it starts from the top on down with Aquilini being unable to conduct himself as a professional. All of these reactions are inexcusable and it helps make life more miserable for those great fans in Vancouver and around the world who bleed blue and green. For them we feel sorry for for more than just losing their shot at the Stanley Cup. After all, when you’re saddled with such sad individuals as compatriots it makes being a fan that much more difficult.

  1. warpstonebc - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Sure pile on. You could at least be a gracious winner Yerdon.

    Here’s the problem with the entire article: everyone on the internet can be a douche and a homer. We can, Bruins fans can and so can the fans of every other sports team in the world, let alone the NHL. But what’s truly awesome about this particular NBC house organ is that you get to keep harping on homer-friendly stories.

    You’re not telling us anything new. I don’t buy that you feel sorry when you go out of your way to take shots at our fanbase from every which way. No doubt that Vancouver has some serious problems (i,e owner who should never be allowed around a mic, fringe hooligans who look to debauch any public event, etc.). But be fair. No fan base could handle this scrutiny.

    If I wasn’t so embarrassed at my own city post-game, I would be outraged at the way NBC in particular savaged Vancouver players and fans throughout the entire series. It was bush league coverage and insulting to any city that does not happen to be the peacock’s golden boy.

    • uglycassinova - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:44 AM

      Your right it’s NBC’s fault. They blew the 2 game lead, then the 3-2 lead, and they lost game seven on their home ice. I almost forgot to mention how they tried to burn down the city.
      That dirty peacock

      Everyone knows it was Vancouvers series to loose and boy did they ever. What happened after is truley terrible. I hate to see it anywhere and unfortunately it’s not just a Vancouvet problem. Personally I think it’s a reflection of our society but this really is not the forum for that discussion.

      As far as the owner goes I’m sure he doesn’t care what people think. Why should he, he owns a hockey team. He’ll have some PR manager release a BS statement and then it’ll be over with.
      I don’t really understand why Vancouver fans have so much anger. They have a owner willing to fork out the big bucks to top notch players, they are competitive annually, they have a beautiful city, and they have 2 men dressed in green spandex suits to entertain the crowd on almost any given night. Sure their hockey team is good but everyone else around the NHL knows the real draw for that market is the green men. You didn’t get the cup but ya still got the green funny guys in spandex isn’t that enough?

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:09 AM

      Typical reaction by a douchebag Vancouver fan. You guys were pricks the entire postseason, now you want people to lay off when you deserve to be piled on.

      Too bad. You’ll take a spoonful and you’ll like it! How’d that taste? ;-)

    • nekelund - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      You’re probably correct that NBC had a Bruins bias. They are an American network broadcasting to the USA. By the same token, TSN and CBC were very heavily biased in favour of the Canucks, with TSN going so far as to flash a “Canucks Quest for the Cup” logo on-screen during every hockey story and taking time normally dedicated to discussing how wonderful the Maple Leafs are and why they’ll surely win the Cup next season to fawn over the Vancouver Canucks. There are plenty of homers in Canada and the US.

      The biggest evidence is the fact that the Canadian media made excuses and defences for Alex Burrows’ flagrant bite, yet gave copious airtime to stories about how bad various members of the Canucks felt about the unfair treatment of Aaron Rome and the repeated showings of the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty, as though that had some active bearing on the outcome of the Finals.

  2. purdueman - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Sure… after the Canuck’s ran this years team like a bunch of backwoods hillbillies they suddenly have discovered religion? LOL! Where’s Captain Jesus Tebow when you need him????

  3. purdueman - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Canucks=burn, loot and have some fun!!!

  4. nolanorth - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Ignorance is bliss..

  5. tommytd - Jun 17, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    This franchise sucks.

  6. canucks18 - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Do any of you stop to think about what you’re writing? Sanjose, you have sat on your chair there throwing out insult after insult throughout the entire playoffs and you point the finger at other people being “douchebags” look in the mirror bud. And another thing, none of us “fans” have any right to shit all over any players for what they do, you have zero idea of what those players go through and what it takes to play the game. Its fools like you that say the stupid stuff that starts all of the stupid fighting amongst fans cause you’re arrogant with your words even after you get beat out. Every team plays bad and every city has idiots that do damage for no reason so there is no one that can sit up their high horse and point the finger. Come up with some new material that actually makes sense and isnt just a bunch of diahrea

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      Hey Canucks18, when I go to a hockey game, I don’t act like an idiot like your fans did down here for two games. There’s a reason no one likes your team and that everyone is reveling in the fact that you lost — it’s because you have a classless organization, classless fans and flopping, cheapshotting, whining players. You made the bed — sleep in it. ;-)

      • shaqattaqer - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:04 PM

        san jose fans are great because they have nothing to lose. they know they are never really playing for the cup. so, no need to get upset.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM

        shaqattaqer: You must not be a hockey fan, because we’re one of the teams that’s a real contender every year. We’ve been in the conference finals the last two years. If you’re a bent-out-of-shape Vancouver fan, why don’t you go burn another cop car and watch the tape of your goalie choking like a dog on a soup bone for four games? Fact of the matter is: Vancouver has as many Stanley Cup championships as the Sharks — NONE.

        Oh, by the way, when we get knocked out of the playoffs, we don’t burn our city. Thanks.

    • nekelund - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      I’m sorry that you had to watch your team lose a tough game 7 in the way that they did. As an Edmonton fan, we had the same issue several years ago and, yes, we had our own riots (though no police cars set on fire). I also agree that the primary instigators of the riot were people who probably a few bad apples who would have done so win-or-lose.

      However, the point of the article is that numerous Vancouver fans, including ones that were surely uninvolved in the rioting, have been insufferable jerks. I know just as many people here in Edmonton who dislike Vancouver largely because of their fans than supported them because they were Canada’s remaining team. Vancouver, you run the risk of becoming Toronto West, the team and fan base that believes that they are by default Canada’s team and that they deserve to win every year because their team is ever-so-talented, a fact re-inforced by having TSN and CBC tell everybody that, as Canadians, it would be unpatriotic to not cheer for Vancouver (I don’t recall any Edmonton/Calgary/Ottawa “Quest for the Cup” logos in 1995-1997).

      Class up your act. As fans, behave with respect. As a team, get rid of dirty players and divers and quit whining about how biased the officiating is against your team. I was actually a big Vancouver supporter back in 1994 (and still a huge Pavel Bure fan), but the overall attitude of the team and its fans has changed since then for the worse.

      • warpstonebc - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

        @nekelund I get your point, but has the overall attitude really changed or just the scenario? Of course Canucks fans didn’t offend the rest of Canada in the ’90s–we sucked. We were perpetual underdogs.

        Now, the Canucks are a consistent team at the top of the league and most of the other Canadian franchises are unfortunately in long rebuilding processes. After Vancouver and Montreal, it looks grim for our other teams. What’s different is that it’s a role reversal for the fans.

        For the most part, I think Canadian fans are generally pretty much all great and sporting fans. The grudges just shift a bit whenever a different team is in the ascendency.

        Personally, I root for any Canadian team still in the cup, with the exception of Toronto (hasn’t really been a concern for a while though).

  7. hoopsmccann - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    No team or team’s fans want to lose a 7th game at home to lose the championship. But hey Vancouver, cheer up. At least you rioted when you lost. In LA they rioted and tried to burn the city down when the Lakers won! Gotta love Southern California!

  8. chadyola78 - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    I’m a long time Canucks fan and mighty proud of them and all their fans. I’m so disgusted with all the haters. Divers and winers is such a misconception, clearly our neighboring teams fans are jealous of our talents and years of success to come. The Canucks will be back healthier and stronger, all the haters need to look at them selves and their teams before pointing fingers. Go Canucks Go!!!

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:48 AM

      LOL, you’ve got to be kidding me, dude. Your team and fans brought this on themselves. You’re all laughingstocks and we’re all enjoying this for a reason.

      • purdueman - Jun 18, 2011 at 8:30 AM

        Right on, brother!

        The Canucks all season have been proud of their thug image and their fans are just following their lead. Just because the Canucks can win games through sheer physical intimidation and goon fights doesn’t mean that they are a great hockey team or that their fans have any class.

        Hey! Wait! I think I just saw another brick go sailing though the window of a downtown storefront in Vancouver again!!! Yeee-Ha-aaaa!!! Nothing beats FREE, eh???

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      Let me take a look at my team for a second…….ok, well we didnt try to burn down our city and cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage/looting. Thats better than yours i guess.

  9. purdueman - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    I’m signing up for the University of British Columbia’s wildly successful course: “How to incite and get the most out of an urban riot” course this fall!

  10. leafsfan416 - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    I am Canadian and let me admit that the ‘fans’ of Vancouver and the Canucks players have truly embarrassed an entire nation. Going into the series, everyone I know (I live in Ontario) was cheering for the Canucks, because we have national pride and wanted a Canadian team to win (it’s been a very long time for us). However, the Bruins played the game in the highest calibre manner and the Canucks were everything wrong with the game and played with no honour. The two cheapest hits of the series were both dished out by the Canucks, who were also the team to flop and dive and cry nonstop to the point where my friends and I were screaming at the TV. We ended up loving that the ‘bullies from Boston’ out laboured and physically dominated the dirty sissies from Vancouver (yes, their behaviour was somehow both dirty and sissy at the same time). I know the Canucks fans will say that this is simply Eastern Canadian jealousy, but we really were pulling for the Canucks when the series started. Shame on you Vancouver and congratulations Boston.

  11. FireDannyAinge - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Fans of every team have idiots that root for them when they win. As a Bruins fan I didn’t hate the Canucks going in but I sure hate them on my way out the door with the Stanley Cup.

    The Bruins deserved to win this. they played the game the right way. If the Canucks didn’t go into this series acting like they already won before it started they might have a cup now.

  12. dasher68 - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:49 AM

    Speaking from a Tennessee Fan, the classlessness shown by the Vancouver fans who made the trip down will leave me always cheering for whomever plays against them. Swearing and making inappropriate comments while a man is sitting there with his two young sons trying to enjoy a game? Spitting over the railings on other fan’s heads? Really?!?

    Normally, in any sport, I cheer for whomever is playing against the Yankees or any team from Boston – it really took a lot to make me actually cheer them on. Congratulations Vancouver fans, you accomplished it.

    The best part of the finals for me was seeing Vancouver come out and try to win with thuggery and cheap shots. …then being shown just what physical hockey was all about – the RIGHT way. Boston matched them blow for blow and then some.

    As much as it pains me to say it – Congrats Boston and Boston fans (who up until this point were in a close tie with Yankee fans for the most obnoxious I have ever encountered in the world) – your team did it right and deserved to win the cup.

    Vancouver – your own country was rooting against you by game 4 – learn some class (that would include shutting up and taking your well-deserved medicine until next season starts).

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