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Vancouver angst could sully Milan Lucic’s day with the Stanley Cup

Aug 11, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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In the grand scheme of things, it’s important not to throw the entire city of Vancouver under the bus for the riots and all the bad moments that came from the Canucks’ Game 7 loss in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. The northwest haven’s better side showed itself in a heartwarming way when its kindest residents volunteered to help clean up the mess left behind by the ugly riots.

That being said, those riots and much of the ugliness that lingers will probably make it tough for unbiased fans to root for the team – in fact, those awful antics make Maxim Lapierre‘s shenanigans seem quaint. Puck Daddy points to a saddening story in the Vancouver Courier that reveals Vancouver native Milan Lucic‘s decision to make his day with the Stanley Cup a low-key affair to avoid bitter Canucks fans.

Megan Stewart reports that posters of the Boston Bruins winger were defaced around town, with his eyes “poked out” and his face “scribbled on.” Stewart also reports that his presence might have lead to some fistfights during a Greek festival last month.

Again, it’s not fair to cast blame on every Vancouver fan/resident because of some knuckleheads, but these stories show how “passion” can mutate into thuggery. For that reason, the Lucic celebration will be subdued (or at least private).

When he celebrates with the Stanley Cup this weekend, Lucic will keep the festivities relatively private and low-key. He won’t be gloating, at least where the public eye can see. Potential to bring hockey’s holy grail to Kitsilano Beach Park for the weekend’s popular sports festival, Kits Fest, were scuttled, according to an event organizer.

All because of a few sore losers. Seeing Lucic with the Stanley Cup would be bittersweet for Canucks Nation, just as it must be acutely bittersweet for him to keep in check the pride he rightfully feels. Such a woe-begotten attitude is beatable by recognizing Lucic for the accomplishments he realized right here at home. However, too many are still hurting over the hometown champion who helped conquer the hometown. Said Snezana, “That’s why Milan does not want to be out there, parading the Cup around his hometown.”

Great job guys, you upset Lucic’s mother.

  1. mgp1219 - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Vancouverites can sully anything.

    • comeonnowguys - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Way to stay unclassy, Vancouver.

    • galuple - Aug 12, 2011 at 4:24 AM

      I’m not surprised. Most of the fans around here just buy into it as a trendy thing to do. They don’t wear the jersey because they like the game, they just think it’s a fashion accessory

  2. bcjim - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Well, color me unsurprised that an ape like Lucic hails from Vancouver.

    • guypatsfan - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      I’ll bet those wussy Canucks whished they had an “ape” like Lucic.

    • bcjim - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      wow 0-up 23 dn? Is that a record?

  3. cliverush - Aug 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    I’m sure he will find some kids in need of a boost to share the Cup with. He is a native and still has lots of friends there. A great city such as Vancouver should not be painted with a broad brush because of a couple hundred idiots. We all have them waiting to come out from under a rock to commit mayhem.

  4. derpdederpdederp - Aug 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    I assume the riot police will be out in full force

  5. stakex - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Instead of getting angry over Lucic bringing the cup home to Vancouver, the city should be happy… after all, its as close to the cup as they are going to get.

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 12, 2011 at 4:36 AM

      damn Canucklehead fans make me ashamed to be a Canadian hockey fan, although sad to say that if my Leafs ever win or lose in the Cup finals riot police will probably have to be shipped into Toronto from across North America

      • guypatsfan - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        You won’t have to worry about that for many years to come!

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 12, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        taking cheap shots at the Leafs is too easy so whats the point? Ive heard em all

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