Tuesday 20 February 2018

Vancouver runs riot after ice hockey defeat

Hockey fans riot on the streets of Vancouver. Photo: AP
Hockey fans riot on the streets of Vancouver. Photo: AP

Independent.ie reporters

A mob burned cars and looted shops in Vancouver last night after the Canucks ice hockey team lost the Stanley Cup final.

Thousands of people had jammed into the heart of the Canadian city in the hope of celebrating the Canucks' first Stanley Cup.

But the party scene descended into violence after the Boston Bruins emerged with a surprise 4-0 victory.

The ugly scenes brought back memories of a riot that broke out when Vancouver also lost the Stanley Cup in 1994, as groups of mostly young men attacked parked cars and smashed store windows.

"There was a group of people fully intending to make this into a 1994 event," said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Hospital officials said several people had been treated for stab wounds and many more for exposure to tear gas or pepper spray.

At least a half dozen cars were set alight, including two police cars.

Many more had been overturned or had their windows smashed. Several shops had also been looted or damaged.

The crowd thinned by the early hours this morning, but some continued to try to riot as police in riot gear attempted to contain them in the city centre.

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