Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 7:19 pm

Video: Vancouver fans take to streets to clean up

"We don't need the Cup, we just need to clean up. That's our new slogan."

That coming from a fan of the Canucks and a proud resident of Vancouver.

Locals disgusted by what they saw after the Canucks lost the Cup took to the ravaged, looted and vandalized streets of Vancouver to clean up and help restore the city to where it was before.

The city took a beating in perception that will be incredibly tough to recover from. But this is a good start. It's always important to remember when things like the riot after Game 7 happen that you can't paint a city's residents with broad brush strokes. It's only fair to point out the good after the bad, so that's why we're here.

"What happened last night doesn't really represent Vancouver and the hockey fans or anything like that," one volunteer said. "It was really just a group of people that came out and had to ruin it for everybody else. So we're here to show we love Vancouver and to show that it should be beautiful for everybody, too."

"I don't want the rest of the world or anybody who lives in the city to think what happened last night is any reflection on the type of people in this city," another said.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 3:38 pm

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

By now I'm sure you've seen this photo. It's amazing to me that the lasting image from riots after Vancouver's Game 7 loss could actually be this. (If not that then definitely this.) The riots were disgusting, embarrassing for people in Vancouver and Canada and, as colleague A.J. Perez pointed out, took away from Boston's spotlight for being the victor.

The contrasts in the picture are amazing. It's the old saying "make love, not war" in an image instead of an idea.

People wondered what exactly was going on. Many on the Internet suggested that maybe even something foul was going on, more of a crime than a romance. Turns out, it might be as pure as it looks.

Megan Jones of Perth, Australia, told the Aussie website Ninemsn.com.au, that the man in the photo is 29-year-old Scott Jones. That would be her son, who has been in Vancouver the last six months.

“It is something he would do -- that’s our boy,” she said. “He has always lived in his own world. He’s special like that. He doesn’t always connect with what [is] going on around him. I knew it was him because he doesn’t have a lot of clothes with him and he always puts on the same thing.”

Looking at the photo almost brings to mind another old saying: Ignorance is bliss.

As for the woman in the picture with Jones, his sister identified her as Alex Thomas, a Canadian who Scott has been dating.

Jones’ father, Brett, said the couple had attended Game 7. After the Canucks lost, the two were caught up in the violence, like a lot of the crowd that attended.

“They were between the riot police and the rioters, and the riot police were actually charging forward, and Alex got knocked by a [police] shield and fell to the ground,” Brett Jones told CBC News. “[Scott] was comforting her and gave her a kiss to say, ‘It’s going to be OK,’ and the photographer just took the shot at that moment.”

As for the photographer? He had no idea what exactly was going on when he took the picture.

“I didn’t really see what I really had until after I gave my memory cards [to an editor on site] and someone said ‘Oh, nice picture of the couple kissing,’” Getty Images freelance photog Rich Lam said.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, they’re making out.’ Here I thought she was hurt and kind of had a sympathetic guy ... but they’re making out.”

In general, people have been taken aback by such public displays of affection. Wild what a little contextual contrast will do.

-- Brian Stubits

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 11:21 am

Downtown Vancouver a mess after riots

Just back from walking the streets rioters took to here in Vancouver. I will have more in my column up shortly, but I spoke to one Canucks fan who summed up the rioters. His name is Avi Sidhu and he toured the area filled with smashed windows and overturned cars Wednesday night. 

There were several injuries, the CBC reports

Here’s the Facebook page created to organize a clean-up effort. I can attest there’s plenty that needs cleaning. 

-- A.J. Perez

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 5:07 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 10:43 am

Downtown Vancouver a mess after riots

Just back from walking the streets rioters took to here in Vancouver. I will have move in my column tomorrow, but I spoke to one Canucks fan who summed up the rioters. His name is Avi Sidhu and he toured the area filled with smashed windows and overturned cars Wednesday night.

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There were several injuries, the CBC reports

Here’s the Facebook page created to organize a clean-up effort. I can attest there’s plenty that needs cleaning.

-- A.J. Perez

Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 1:54 am

Nathan Horton tosses on some home-ice advantage

VANCOUVER --- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton may have solved his team’s road woes a couple hours before Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Horton squirted a bottle full of melted ice from the Bruins’ TD Garden on the Rogers Arena ice surface, where the Bruins had failed to win in their three prior attempts before Wednesday’s 4-0 victory.

“We wanted to put that on their ice to make it our ice,” said Horton, who was forced of the series in Game 3 with a concussion. “I tried to be sneaky about it, but I guess I got caught.”

Horton was around the team all day Wednesday, well before he donned his hockey gear to join in the celebration. 

“Nathan was part of it,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “The players wanted him to be part of it.”

Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome delivered the hit that knocked Horton from the series. Rome was given a five-minute major, ejected and later suspended for the duration of the Finals. 

Julien said the collision that put the Bruins' most clutch scorer on a stretcher and then in a Boston area hosptial turned into a rallying point. The game was scoreless at the time and the Bruins had already dropped the first two games of the Finals. 

“Absolutely,” Julie said. “I said, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Our guys responded.”

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin disagreed, saying there was “not a chance” the collision turned the series around for the Bruins. 

-- A.J. Perez

Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:44 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 1:34 am

Bruins' Recchi calls it a career after 3rd Cup

VANCOUVER – Mark Recchi used a few words bookend a long career.

“Yeah, this wass it,” Recchi said as he celebrated his third Stanley Cup title of his career as the Boston Bruins dispatched the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night.

Recchi, 43, was the first Bruins player to touch the Cup after captain Zdeno Chara received the trophy from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

“We’ve worked long and hard to get this team in the right direction,” Recchi said. “What a great feeling.”

Recchi played on a line with Patrice Bergeron and rookie Brad Marchand that scored all the Bruins’ goals in Game 7. Recchi had an assist and finished with seven points in the series -- more than any Canucks player.

“I was going to lay everything on the line, that was for sure,” Recchi said. “This is a special group of guys. Our line led the way right off the bad. You have to give them a lot of credit.”

Recchi, whose career began with the Penguins in the 1988-89 season, played in 1,652 regular season games and had 1,533 points (577 goals and 956 assists). He won his first two Cups with Pittsburgh (1991) and Carolina (2006).

Bruins coach Claude Julien hinted that the club may have some role envisioned for Recchi.

“I have a feeling he will be close by,” Julien said.

-- A.J. Perez
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:08 pm

Canucks stay loose, Tambellini ready for Game 7

VANCOUVER -- Alain Vigneault said somebody had his best pre-game skate of the season.

“It took me over 100 games, but this was my best one,” the Vancouver Canucks coach smirked hours before Game 7 o f the Stanley Cup Final. “I skated really smooth and had a good shot on net. I was really pleased with my morning skate. I wasn’t talking about the players.”

The Canucks appeared to be a settled bunch or at least they played the role in the locker room Wednesday morning. Outside of Rogers Arena, hundreds of fans were looking to stake their claim to a spot to watch festivities on a video board.

“It’s your job to stay calm,” said Canucks winger Jeff Tambellini, who will step in for an injured Mason Raymond tonight. “If let yourself get fired up today, it’s not a good thing. I’m going go about my afternoon and keep it as light as possible.”

Raymond was injured in the opening seconds in Game 6 and remained in Boston as of Wednesday morning. He was diagnosed with a vertebral compression fracture, an injury that will likely keep Raymond out of three to four months. Vigneault said he could return to Vancouver as soon as Wednesday.

Raymond hadn’t scored a point in the Finals before his injury, although he was a cog much of the season on the second line. This will be Tambellini’s sixth game of the playoffs and fourth of this series.

“We have a lot of confidence in him,” Canucks forward Alex Burrows said. “He’s been working hard in practice and in the games. When he’s not in the lineup, he’s still positive. He’s a great teammate.”

Vigneault didn’t give an indication where he might slot Tambellini.

-- A.J. Perez
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