This honestly isn’t the entry that I thought I’d ever be writing this evening. It saddens me greatly that I even feel compelled to have to write anything beyond congratulating the Boston Bruins on their Stanley Cup win tonight, but over the last few hours, a group of young rioters and looters have completely disgraced themselves and tarnished the face of one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Vancouver.
Before I get into the troubles, however, I firstly want to congratulate the Boston Bruins on an incredible come-from-behind effort in winning the Stanley Cup by taking out this evening’s 7th game of the final series. With goalie Tim Thomas leading the way by proving to be an impenetrable pillar of strength in goal, the Conn Smythe trophy winner made it near impossible for the Canucks to score and generate any kind of winning momentum throughout much of the series, and the Bruins ultimately proved they were the better team this season.
To the Canucks I say THANK YOU. Thank you for showing the grit and determination to fight it out to the very last hurdle of the season. TRUE FANS of the club and the game of ice hockey salute you on a job well done. We have every confidence in you taking it to ALL opposition again in season 2011/12. Keep your heads up, you have a lot to be proud of.
As for the ugly side of tonight’s events, I am so saddened and embarrassed by what has happened tonight. Since moving back to Australia about six weeks ago, I have been singing the praises of just how amazing the city and the people of Vancouver are, and just how awesome it had been calling Vancouver my home for the past 6 years.
In one foul swoop this evening, however, the actions of a SMALL group of people (including this despicable individual) have made me look like a liar and have tarnished the incredible job we all did in showcasing the city to the world during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
I stress it’s a SMALL group of people to blame here. Not for one moment would I ever dream to paint all Vancouverites with the same brush. Responsible, Canuck-loving, hockey-loving fans dealt with the loss in their own private ways and no doubt looked on with as much shock and disappointment as me – from behind closed doors.
Hooligans from last night didn’t riot because of a hockey game. They used the hockey game as an excuse to riot. ~ @canuckshockey
What can you do to help?
As I type this, Vancouver’s sizable and active social media community is rallying together and setting up two noteworthy projects. The first is a “name and shame” Facebook page and group where people can upload their photos of the rioters and looters so that they may be tagged to help out the authorities.
The second is a “Post Riot Clean Up” Facebook Event page where people are committing to meeting in Vancouver’s down town tomorrow to help clean up after the mess tonight. So far there are over 8,000 people attending this clean up which, if they are true to their word, will be an amazing effort.
If you can help out in any way with either of these initiatives, please do so. The Vancouver Police and Fire Departments have done an amazing job tonight, but you can certainly make their jobs a lot easier with your assistance. I sincerely hope that at least some of the individuals responsible for these events tonight are brought to justice over the coming days. Vancouver’s good name and reputation needs to be protected from the actions of these low-life bottom feeders. Plain and simple.
Sure, tonight’s loss was gut-wrenching and tough to take, but it pales in comparison to the disappointment we’ve all felt from the events which followed…