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Photo gallery: Stunning sights from the Vancouver riot

Jun 16, 2011, 4:20 AM EDT

Riot Breaks Out After Game In Vancouver Getty Images

While the hockey world should have focused on the brilliant work by the Boston Bruins as they claimed their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, many couldn’t peel their eyes away from the carnage in Vancouver.

It’s unclear if Wednesday night’s stomach-churning riots were less severe than, at the same level or even more problematic than the ones that broke out after the team lost in 1994. What isn’t particularly debatable is how expansive the coverage was this time around compared to 17 years ago. The night of June 15 put a black eye on the city of Vancouver, but it was a profound display of the immediate news available on the Internet and the power that comes with Twitter and other social media Web sites.

Simply put, there were a lot of outlets that were on top of the proceedings. CTV probably gathered the most captivating coverage, providing onlookers with a captivating (if disturbing) live feed of looters and violent people doing terrible – and terribly stupid – things. It’s worth noting that there are some disturbing images and accounts laid out by The Vancouver Province (so be warned before clicking through it), but their live feed of photos and Twitter updates is fascinating nonetheless.

You can read our earlier story about the event here, but for those who might be interested, here is a gallery of some of the photos from an awful moment of fan rebellion. You can also view a slideshow of photos from the riots, as well. Again: these images might be disturbing, so use caution. You can enlarge the images by clicking on them. Some photos will have captions.


Photo credit: Jonathan Hayward of The Associated Press.


Photo credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images.


Fans bash down the doors of a local Sears outlet.

Photo credit: Geoff Howe of The Associated Press.


That woman is lighting her cigarette with flames from the riot. Yup.

Photo credit: Geoff Howe of The Associated Press.


The Vancouver tourism board probably won’t use this picture in any brochures.

Photo credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images.


No, those aren’t the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. (We hope.)

Photo credit: Ryan Remiorz of The Associated Press.


It must have been a long night for Vancouver authorities and will be a long morning for whoever has to clean that mess up.

Photo credit: Darryl Dyck of The Associated Press.


Few things say “disturbing signs of a riot” quite like widespread car flipping.

Photo credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images.


The photo known around the Internet as “rioters in love.” Nothing says “steamy summer romance” quite like glass on the ground, teargas in the air and chaos in the streets, right? It’s just like prom night!

Photo credit: Rich Lam of Getty Images.

  1. madtolive5 - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:12 AM

    no class. just like their players

  2. bcjim - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    Losers rioting, a terrible series, an unsatisfying winner. How did it come to this? Thomas is certainly amazing but are the Bruins otherwise really that good? And nhl, you need to wrap this up sooner.Start the season 6 weeks earlier is my suggestion.

    • mornelithe - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:07 AM

      What games were YOU watching? Ok Luongo got creamed in Boston, but otherwise it was a fantastic series. Fought tooth and nail, ok, mostly by the Bruins. Still the Cannucks didn’t just roll over or anything. Show some pride ffs.

      • hystoracle - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM

        Vancouver scored a whopping 8 goals in the entire 7 game series. Never scored more than 2 in regulation of any game. and scored only 1 in the last 9 periods. I have never seen a seven game series that was so lopsided. If not for a last minute goal and a Boston gaffe in game 2 OT this series would have been done in 4. The real Stanley Cup final was the Eastern Conference Final. 7 Games – back and forth- each team ended scoring 21 each for the series. That is an even series. This was just a Butt-whoppin’ by the Bruins. They let them win a couple just to make it hurt more.

  3. sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:56 AM

    Typical loser Canuck fans. This doesn’t surprise me one bit. Glad the classier team won and the idiot Canuck fans had to shell out big money to sit in their own vomit and watch it.

    • 104babyblue - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      what do you know about a typical canuck fan, these people that started this arent hockey fans, they are people who decide a while back that no matter what happened tonight they were going to start trouble. and wanna talk about class, what about all the fans in the arena who stood up and claped for the bruins, you think that was all bruins fans. i dont think so buddy. Bottom line is this, the bruins won because they were playing the game to win. REAL hockey fans know that.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        What do I know about typical Canuck fans? I was at San Jose Arena for two games a month ago during the Western Conference Finals when about 2,000 Canuck fans showed up, and in 15 years of having season tickets, I’ve never come close to witnessing a group of more obnoxious, contentious, aggressive group of idiots than them. Trying to start fights, carrying on like a bunch of losers — everyone out here lost complete respect for your franchise (especially with the way the team carried itself ON the ice) and we were all very happy to see you people get your hearts broken.

        You have no choice, loser — you and your fellow dumbass fans get to marinate in what you’ve created. The hockey world doesn’t like you, doesn’t have any respect for you and is glad to see you end up where you did. Even other Canadians were rooting against you. Sucks that your team, your fans and your city have made you guys a laughingstock, eh hoser?

      • purdueman - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:59 PM

        Down here in the “lower 48”, the typical NHL fan is trailer trash mostly toothless hillbillies who live for the goon fights, but that seldom spills over into total disrespect for law and order and rampant widespread looting and hooliganism. The later is a unique “Canadian trait” as this isn’t the first time that such lawlessness and rioting has occurred in Canada after the conclusion of a Stanley Cup finals.

  4. tommytd - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    Totally classless display by V “fans.” Maybe next time, the V authorities will want to think twice about encouraging large gatherings outdoors. The Sedin sisters took the series off, their goaltender has a big mouth and they play dirty. They got what they deserved…a second place finish and a set of steak knives. Enjoy the summer boys…you blew it big time. You were beaten by a better team.

  5. miketoasty - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    I just want to say that first off this is a complete disgrace. Should have never happened, police should have been ready to go before the game even started. BUT, I really doubt that most of these hooligans were Canucks fans, I understand that the game outcome may have caused this but most hockey fans are above this kind of nonsense. Most likely it was just some people who got drunk and just want to start something. Its less of a Canucks fans disgrace as it is to the people who live in Vancouver. And no I am not saying that everyone who lives in Vancouver is terrible but obviously some of them are just downright stupid.

    When Pittsburgh lost to the Red Wings in ’08 of course we weren’t happy, it blows to lose after having time without the cup but you didn’t see riots blowing up everywhere, nor did it happen last year with the Flyer’s. This is a city of Vancouver thing and I think the mayor needs to do something major so this does not happen again. (If Pittsburgh ever goes to the finals again I hope they don’t play Vancouver in worry that they may try to burn down our plane if we win….)

    • hystoracle - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      There are a lot of Vancouver jerseys in those few pictures.

      • miketoasty - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:02 PM

        Your telling me you have never heard of a bandwagoner? I live in Pittsburgh and trust me plenty of people here wear jerseys but have never seen a hockey game in their life nor could they care less.

      • hystoracle - Jun 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

        I thought Canadians were born with Hockey in their blood and everyone had a mad passion for the sport. Are you saying that isn’t true? I didn’t know they had a bandwagons in Canada for Hockey. I thought you either loved it or could get the hell out.

  6. flyinhighwithvick - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Hey, as long as they don’t boo Santa Claus, it’s OK

  7. ampats - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    The Cup Stays in the USA where it belongs! Enjoy your summer Canuck fans. I hope you enjoyed watching your team CHOKE!

    • ThatGuy - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM

      You realize Boston had more Canadians on their team than Vancouver did right?

      • mgp1219 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        But we have Tim Thomas from Michigan.

        The Cannots have Luongo from Montreal.

        Which would you rather have?

  8. hockeyhilite - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Vancouver fans can’t take a loss… If Boston lost the series their fans would go to the bars crying in their drink. The next day would be right back to work. This was Vancouver’s last chance to win the cup.. There will be more teams hungry for the cup that will watch this series tapes and beat Luongo and the Sedin twins. Go USA!!!!! Sure we won the silver metal in the olympics but don’t forget the cup is silver too…..

    • manhorse69 - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      Boston fans have a lot of experience to fall back on in the losing department. Despite being very successful over the last 10 years there have been many defeats to go along with all the triumphs

      • mornelithe - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        @ Manhorse69: And Vancouver doesn’t? When was their last Stanley Cup?

      • homelanddefense - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        what city doesnt have many defeats? Its part of sports

      • mgp1219 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM

        Vancouver only has defeats. Enough said.

      • manhorse69 - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        Duh, Morn. Never. They rioted last time and they riotd this time. And they only have hockey. Boston has tasted defeat in every sport and thus knows how to handle it a little better.

    • hystoracle - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM

      “Vancouver fans can’t take a loss… If Boston lost the series their fans would go to the bars crying in their drink. The next day would be right back to work.”

      My thoughts exactly. Boston may have its share of obnoxious massholes but when they lose they gripe at their team, tip their cap to the opponent (reluctantly) then go on with their lives. They don’t ransack their city like Canucks fans. Stupid.. Its probably a good thing that the U.S. didn’t win the gold medal game in the Olympics or that town may no longer be standing.

      • davidly - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        Sports fandom the world over has its share of massholes. That doesn’t reflect on all the fans of any particular team. For example, the Celtic fans who rocked the Lakers’ bus after the ’08 finals don’t reflect all of Boston’s fans. But the move was classless – and from what I hear, pretty scary – nevertheless.

    • cccingred - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      hockeyhilite – you sound like a sore winner. grow up

      • mgp1219 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        Don’t you have a car to burn or a store to loot?

      • purdueman - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:36 PM

        mpg… bwahahahahaha! Good one! Another car to burn or store to loot, EH???!!!!

        I just got a hot tip that Ebay had an explosion of new listings of new merchandise with the tags still on and/or still in the box from Vancouver and the surrounding area. Get ’em while they’re HOT!!! (bwahahahaha!).

  9. sippindasyzurp - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Actually the cup will be in CANADA most of the summer cause thats where 85% of the Bruins roster is from!

    • bobwsc - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:04 AM

      true, but they don’t play that Canadian bush-league-flop style that Vancouver and Montreal have mastered. and only Lucic has to take it to that armpit that was once Vancouver.

      • manhorse69 - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        That’s not canadian hockey. It looked more Czech or Swedish to me. Bruins played as much canadian hockey as anyone. Albeit with fewer great skill guys and more grinders.

    • mgp1219 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      That’s the only reason.

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:45 PM

      Yes, but american fans get to celebrate while Canadians get to riot. Ill take that.

  10. sippindasyzurp - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    I would like to thank the few people in Vancouver for embarassing all of us Canadians

    • davidly - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      All Canadians should not be embarrassed. People who assume this reflects a particular nationality should be embarrassed.

      • hystoracle - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        True, doesn’t reflect on all Canadians. Just the stupid Canucks that live in Vancouver.

      • hurricanes88 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        Good thing Detroit didn’t lose the Stanley Finals…

  11. purdueman - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Party like a Canadian, eh?!

  12. hystoracle - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Lessons casual fans learned from the Stanley Cup finals:

    If a person sticks his finger near your mouth, attempt to bite it off!
    Don’t skate down the middle of the ice while admiring your pass or you might get your head knocked off.
    Don’t get checked into the boards butt first while touching your toes, it hurts!
    If you fall behind early and you shouldn’t make an attempt to comeback.
    If you have lead the league in scoring the past two seasons; you can take the Finals off.
    And if your team loses, you should go outside to torch and dismantle your city.

  13. purdueman - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Check out the pictures attached to this blog and look again at the picture of the Sears store. Gotta hand it to you Canadians… when fans riot down here in the lower 48 they never would have thought to use a battering ram to smash into the Sears store, we would have thrown bricks. A battering ram is not only far more efficient, but it also eliminates the possibility of getting cut up while climbing in too!

    I guess because Canada has so few relevant major professional sports teams we can all overlook looting and rioting after a crushing loss instead of a victory. Down here in the lower 48 we never riot after a LOSS.

    Just to show you how inexperienced at rioting Canadian fans are, I didn’t even see one cop car turned over and lit on fire… not one!

    Funny too how when a hockey game actually MEANS something we don’t see the goon fights, cheap shots and penalties that pock the regular season NHL games like a bad case of teenage acne.

  14. Nic - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    This makes me embarrassed to be Canadian.

    • purdueman - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      Who knew that Vancouver was the sister city to Detroit???

      I love the ingenuity shown by Canadians though, as down here in the lower 48 no one as of yet (at least that I’m aware of), has mastered using a makeshift battering ram to quickly get in to loot a store (as the pictures depict being done to the downtown Sears Store)! Our dummies simply throw bricks through the windows and then have to dodge all the broken glass getting in and then getting out as they haul off their new TV’s, appliances and clothing!

      So much for the Steve Nash and Michael J. Fox commercials urging us Yanks to come visit Canada; Detroit is closer and we can get the same experience while keeping our greenbacks right here at home!

      • hockeyiscanadian - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:31 AM

        prolly smarter to keep you and your greenback at home seeing as you arent wanted here anyways and you prolly cant afford the exchange to the canadian dollar

      • purdueman - Jun 17, 2011 at 6:23 AM

        Great instructional video: How to par-tee like a Canadian!:

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