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Who ripped the covers of Chara holding the Stanley Cup off these NHL Guides?

Jan 11, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

It seems the Boston-Vancouver war has taken its malice to South Beach.

George Richards, a Panthers beat writer for the Miami Herald, noticed something bizarre in the press box during Monday’s game against the Canucks — a stack of NHL Official Guide & Record Books with the covers torn off.

Under normal circumstances, the defacing of printed works would only concern Mr. Bookman, Library Detective. But these are not normal circumstances. See, the cover of the NHL Official Guide has a picture of Zdeno Chara lifting the Stanley Cup.


Here are some pictures of the mangled guides:


And the accompanying conjecture:

Someone in the Florida Panthers press box sure did hate those pictures of Boston’s Zdeno Charra [sic] on the cover of the 2011-12 NHL Official Guide and Record Book.

The Canucks were in town. They lost in seven games to the Bruins last year before beating them 4-3 in an emotional and physical game on Saturday.


The Panthers aren’t blaming anyone for the defacement of the books but something went down.

Originally there was one torn book in the press box. Sometime before the game, a PR staffer noticed the torn covers. So they were replaced. And torn again.

You’d think this would mark the end of the Boston-Vancouver media blood feud, but you’d be wrong. This won’t end until 1) Vancouver burns down Boston’s city hall, and 2) Boston spikes Vancouver’s water supply.

  1. taytay099 - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    It was Sami Salo!

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Boston hasn’t made the world’s largest pizza yet, so why would Vancouver burn down their city hall?

  3. cannonblast14 - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    So much for media being unbias…

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Yes, until this happened nobody in the media was ever biased or subjective.

  4. solador78 - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    WHAAAAA!!! Call 911!!!!!

  5. whatswellydoing - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    My guess is Tony Gallagher. He seems to enjoy making Vancouver look bad through his craziness.

    • drewzducks - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Rumor has it they tried to tear the entire guide in half but for reasons that have become increasingly obvious they had to settle for the cover.

  6. govtminion - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    “I’ve just signed a bill that outlaws Chara forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

  7. oscojoe - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Wow big surprise that some one associated with the Canucks would take a shot at a defenseless media guide.

    The Canuck organization from top to bottom on or off the ice are spineless wussy’s

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Yeah they should have done the honourable thing and challenged it to a fight.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:36 AM

        Even if the media guide accepted they would have backed down.

  8. petriskriko - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I hear the media guide was jumped by six pamphlets.

  9. joebuckiscreepy - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    This is probably just a case of the covers being ripped off to make way for the new editions. Anytime a new magazine/book comes out, the publisher requires the covers to be ripped off of all the old ones so they can’t be resold after they are taken off of the shelves.

    But feel free to speculate and make a story where there isn’t one, Bookman reference aside….

  10. danphipps01 - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Once again, I’m surprised an incident involving Zdeno Chara (even in print form) ended in some way other than “whereupon he unhinged his vast jaw and devoured his enemy.”

    Seriously, it seems like he could solve a lot of problems that way.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:37 AM

      Since it involves Chara the Montreal police will be launching a full investigation.

  11. dreamzilla - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    i just gotta say this…..the finals should be boston vs vancouver pt2 …..that would be must see finals in a while ….too bad i missed last saturdays game i dont get nhl net where i live…that game shouldve been on cbc also but they missed the boat

    • warpstonebc - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      I’m pretty sure this is one of the few things that Bruins and Canucks fans could actually agree on. 😀

  12. J-Dogg - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I cannot believe I read this “story”. I want that 30 seconds of my life back.

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