Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots Cause 'Millions' In Damage, More Than 100 Arrests

Canucks fans in Vancouver rioted in the aftermath of their team's loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Stick with this StoryStream for all the latest developments.

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Vancouver Rioters Caused 'Millions Of Dollars' Worth Of Damage

In case you needed any proof that very little of Vancouver's Wednesday night riots technically had anything to do with sports: multiple local businesses are claiming more than thousands of dollars worth of merchandise were lost to looters. In most American cities, this would inspire lots of people to start throwing around the word thugs, but at least hooligans is popping up.

British Columbia's CTV reports the post-Stanley Cup mayhem and looting amounts to "millions of dollars" in damage done to a construction site, clothing store, coffee shop and dozens of other businesses.

Nearby London Drugs was perhaps the hardest-hit venue, with 20 employees forced to retreat when a mob broke through the store's locked and barricaded doors. The company's CEO estimates a $1 million total setback due to destruction and stolen product.

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Vancouver Riots Arrest Total Includes Two Stabbing Charges

Vancouver police have said something like 100 of Wednesday night's Canucks rioters were arrested, and now we have a clearer look at the scope of those charges. The Vancouver Sun's Andrea Woo shares some statistics from the riots: "85 breaches of peace, eight public intoxications, eight criminal code arrests and two charged in a stabbing," along with four released with future court dates and two released due to lack of evidence.

Other than those two stabbing arrests, it looks like police have mostly just rounded up people suspected of raisin' hell. Based on earlier reports that would indicate at least two knife crimes have yet to turn up any arrests, though I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this part of the story.

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2011 Vancouver Riots Cause More Arrests, Fewer Injuries Than 1994 Edition

Wednesday night's riots in Vancouver after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals required a heavy price for at least a few hundred people. For what it's worth, it looks like the event didn't produce quite as much damage as the one that went down in 1994, when the Canucks lost a Game 7 to the Rangers.

Vancouver's police chief says almost 100 arrests have been made, with about 140 people treated for injuries at local hospitals, including nine police officers, one of whom was hit with a brick. At least four of the injuries are serious, with three involving knives and one leaving a man in critical condition. Officials say there was more looting this time around than in '94, but the tiny bit of good news is that violence appears to have been slightly lessened.

The last time this happened in Vancouver, something like 200 people were injured, though that could also have something to do with the more overwhelmed police presence that was available at the time, as evidenced by there being only 50 arrests despite a similarly sized crowd.

The Vancouver Police Department is also able to employ social media this time around, so that arrests number could swell in the coming days.

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Hours After Vancouver Riots, Residents Try To Clean Up, Rebuild Image

When your city becomes an international focal point thanks to nasty rioting after a sporting event, it's not easy to rebuild the image that was quickly tarnished in just a matter of hours. But that's what people in Vancouver are trying to do Thursday morning, the morning after rioting tore apart the downtown core following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Foinals between the Canucks and Boston Bruins.

The effort is two-fold. For starters, volunteers are swarming downtown in an attempt to clean up the damage. The effort is being organized through social media, most notably on Twitter by @VancouverClean, which has a pretty damn clever logo. Messages, gestures and scenes like this are common-place in Vancouver today.

Anyone downtown: I've got junk trucks and labour wanting to help trashed businesses etc. for free. Would be welcome? (cc @vancouverclean)via TweetDeck

 

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On the flip side, there's a pretty strong effort going on Facebook and Twitter to find the identities of people who committed illegal acts on Wednesday night. Facebook groups have been set up where people are posting photos and videos in hopes that others will recognize the criminals involved, and Vancouver police are also accepting leads, tips and photos via robbery@vpd.ca. 

The name Brock Anton might become synonymous with the criminal activity that took place during these riots. He's been trending on Twitter thanks to a foolish Facebook post he made after getting home late Wednesday.

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The best part, perhaps, is that his Facebook page is private, meaning one of his friends had to be the original person to screen capture this image. Oh, and the fact that he liked his own Facebook status. Who does that? I'm sure it's only a matter of time before this guy, and other geniuses just like him, are brought to justice.

Maybe then the City of Vancouver can recover from the embarrassment.

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Vancouver Riot Videos Show People Beaten For Trying To Protect Property After Canucks-Bruins Game 7

There were a few people involved with the Vancouver riots on Wednesday night following Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 that weren't trying to burn cars or loot businesses or cause harm to others or to the city. Unfortunately, the emphasis in that sentence has to be put on the word few

Some people tried to protect their property. Some people tried to defend their city, standing in front of massive, rioting crowds while making pleas to stop the violence. Those people didn't win. 

Here's video of a young woman trying to protect her car from the crowd. One person can't stop a mob, sadly, and her BMW wound up turning into the accelerant that allowed flames to reach the awning of the Hudson Bay Company store on Georgia Street. That part starts at around the 4:30 mark, but every clip here is incredible to watch.

Elsewhere, a brave soul stepped up and tried to stop a crowd from looting a store. He stood guard with a street pole and tried to fend off looters, even angrily declaring "This is our f*cking city!" before the crowd decended upon him and beat him to a pulp. The video isn't easy to watch, just so you're warned. It gets real at around the 3:00 mark.

During coverage of these riots live on Wednesday night, a reporter asked Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson what he thought of people standing idly by, watching the city get torn apart. You want to know why people don't jump in more often when stuff like this happens? These videos are pretty damn good reasons why. 

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VIDEO: Vancouver Riots Result In Unfortunate Crotch-Shot For Canucks Fan

You may have been sleeping by the time the Vancouver riots hit full force late on Wednesday night, but things got somewhat out of control following the Canucks Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins. There are plenty of photos to demonstrate the post-game chaos that ensued. And then there is also this video, which shows a young fan taking a police flash grenade right in the unmentionables:

Clearly that fan had a far less pleasurable rioting experience than our friends in this riot photo, seen making out in the street with the angry mob and police around them.

Of course, the riots aren’t all laughs. There was plenty of real destruction done and certainly injuries. Official reports on both of those are yet to emerge.

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Vancouver Riot Photos Show Devastation, Shock, Stupidity Following Canucks-Bruins Game 7

The City of Vancouver rioted on Wednesday night, deep into the night following the Canucks' loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins. Cars were overturned, police officers were attacked, fires broke out and pepper spray wafted through the evening-to-late-night air as Vancouver Police fought to take back the streets. 

CTV reported several stabbings. The awning of a department store caught on fire after a car underneath it was engulfed in flames. Across the street from that scene, looting took place at various stores in the area. 

It was just absolute mayhem in the streets of Vancouver on Wednesday night, and it's likely that the damage estimates will come in well into the millions. Here are a few of the stunning photos from the scene, courtesy of our partners at the AP, the Canadian Press and Getty Images.

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These next two are of the same car. This BMW was flipped and set on fire, and the flames eventually spread to the awning on the Bay Company store it sat in front of. It's also the same car that some guy fell into when he tried to jump it. Yes, while it was burning

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Goodnight, Vancouver. 

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VIDEO: Police Cars Smashed In Vancouver Riots Following Stanley Cup Finals Game 7

There's a lot going on in the aftermath of the Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver, and not much of it is good. It started almost immediately after Game 7 ended around 8 p.m. local time, as young men pelted the giant video board in the street where fans had gathered to watch the game. From there, riots only escalated.

This video via the Kurtenblog is from the start of the mayhem, and it's perhaps the ultimate symbol of anarchy -- people smashing police cars.

Some other bits of news from the evening:

- An audience downtown viewing the play Wicked were kept inside a theater for a considerable amount of time after the show ended out of fear for their safety. 

- There are reports of fatalities, and given the massive size of the events, it seems like that's definitely possible. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson held a press conference at around 10:30 local time and couldn't confirm those reports, however. They're still being spread via Twitter without confirmation.

- All bridges into downtown Vancouver are closed. Public transportation inbound to downtown Vancouver is shut down as well, with trains only running to remove people from the area where the rioting is taking place.

This guy jumped over a burning BMW. He fell in. It's on video

- Canucks fans have started a Facebook group with the goal of identifying people in photos and videos that have been taken of the events. 

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Vancouver Riots: Car Fires Threaten Department Store Building On Georgia Street

Car fires in downtown Vancouver are threatening The Bay department store on Georgia Street  near Granville as flames rise, smoke goes even higher and an awning hangs dangerously close to it all.

This photo of the situation via Gary Mason, a Globe & Mail reporter, shows the situation.

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And that's before it got serious and caught that awning you can see above the flames. It keeps growing. Across the street, people are walking around and looting at the London Drugs. It is out of control.

If you're unfamiliar with the area, here's what the street looks like. The Hudson Bay store is on the left, and the London Drugs is on the right. That area is a madhouse on Wednesday night and it doesn't look as though the police are in the area.

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Vancouver Mayor Issues Statement On Riots After Canucks-Bruins Game 7

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has released a statement on Wednesday night's riots in the city following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and Boston Bruins. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup with a 4-0 win.

"It is extremely disappointing to see the situation in downtown Vancouver turn violent after tonight's Stanley Cup game. Vancouver is a world-class city and it is embarrassing and shameful to see the type of violence and disorder we've seen tonight.

The vast majority of people who were in the downtown tonight were there to enjoy the game in a peaceful and respectful manner. It is unfortunate that a small number of people intent on criminal activity have turned pockets of the downtown into areas involving destruction of property and confrontations with police.

The Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire Department are doing an exceptional job under challenging circumstances to maintain control of the situation and keep people safe, and emergency crews are working tirelessly to assist those who were injured.

The priority is public safety and ensuring that people can leave the downtown area to make their way home without further incident. Transit is operating at full capacity.

I urge the public to remain calm and to stay away from central downtown in order to assist police in restoring safety to our streets."

Vancouver Police have urged people to hold on to any photos they have of folks that are rioting, as they will presumably use those photos in prosecution. Public transportation is running outbound from downtown Vancouver, but bus and train service is not running for people trying to get down to the downtown area. 

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Vancouver Riots Erupt Downtown After Canucks Lose Stanley Cup To Boston Bruins

It's an ugly scene in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday evening in the aftermath of the Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, as people have resorted to rioting in the streets.

Shortly after the ending of the hockey game around 8 p.m. local time, people began throwing objects at the giant video board set up on the street. From there, people began yelling "Riot! Riot!" before... well, rioting. 

Cars have been overturned and set on fire, several business have been broken into and police are using force to attempt to disperse the massive crowds. Police have declared the intersection of Georgia and Homer Streets an "illegal assembly area" according to the Vancouver Province, and they are reportedly arresting anybody in sight as a result. 

Bridges are closed are heading into the downtown core, while train and bus service has also been cut off. It looks more like a war zone than anything else, as police use tear gas, flash-bang grenades and pepper spray as weapons against the crowd.

According to Andrea Woo of the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver General Hospital has reportedly declared what's called Code Orange Major, which means that they expect casualties. Woo says that it's a precautionary measure. 

This photo of fans attacking police from the Canadian Press is one of the more eye-opening that's coming out of the city at present. 

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