Rioting hockey fans took to Vancouver streets in droves Wednesday night following a hometown loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Setting vehicles on fire, smashing windows and looting shops, the rioters converged on the downtown streets of Georgia and Granville with chants of “fuck you Boston” and “we want the Cup”. Eight stabbings were reported by local hospitals and final damage is expected to run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars once everything is tallied.
What was most striking, though, was that the riot seemed less a by-product of frustration from the loss than it did a celebration in its own right. Many of those involved didn’t appear to even be hockey fans.
The bruin incites.
The opponent alight.
Crowds descend on a parked truck. Though a final count isn't expected until the morning, no fewer than ten vehicles were set on fire and left to burn in the early hours of the riot.
Story of a mismatched stand-off.
Officer under siege.
Rioters throw a fence meant for crowd control at police.
The brightest show in town. Decked out in the jersey of Vancouver playoff star Alex Burrows, a man watches a pickup truck burn.
A late show of support.
Heated words. The man ran the police barricade moments after this photo was taken and was quickly pulled to the ground.
An easy target.
Police move in to lock down the block.
First strike on a new target.
Flash / party on cruisers.