Vancouver Riots Following Stanley Cup Finals Loss Result In Damaged Property Downtown

Following the Vancouver Canucks Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins, riots broke out in downtown Vancouver. Stay with this StoryStream for the latest on the riots as it becomes available.

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Vancouver Riots Cause Millions In Damage, Result In 100 Arrests

The city of Vancouver spent the day after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals assessing damage, repairing the streets and trying to figure out what went wrong as rioters took over downtown following the Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins. Following the game, rioters took over, destroying cars, damaging storefronts and looting nearby businesses.

Vancouver police chief Jim Chu estimated close to 100 people were arrested during the riots, with another 150 people sent to the hospital. The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to stab wounds after the crowds grew violent following the loss. Nine police officers were among those who suffered injuries, and many of the rioters were caught on tape fighting with those in-place to calm the crowds.

Early damage estimates rose above the $1 million dollar mark, and one business reportedly surpassed that total on its own.

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.

Cleanup efforts took place Thursday morning and by mid-afternoon, the city was spotless. Other than the broken windows and damaged storefronts, it was tough to tell a riot took place. It's a testament to the citizens of Vancouver who came out and volunteered to clean the city after the embarrassing display by the rioters the night before.

While the city may be clean on a superficial level, it will take time to erase the public relations hit from the riots. Viewers in Canada and the United States watched the mayhem unfold, and the riots drew front page headlines across the nation on Thursday. But kudos to the citizens for putting for the effort and working to clean up their city after a horrific night on the streets of Vancouver.

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Vancouver Riot Photos Include Triumphant Fan In Washington Huskies Sweatshirt

You can find just about anything looking through photos from the Vancouver riots on Wednesday night. Yes, there's pictures of burning cars, a couple kissing and plenty of destruction. There's also videos of stupidity on display in almost every form -- falling down on a burning car, pushing a woman down and the mob mentality. But from the photos of destruction rises this young man, who stands triumphantly above the rest ... on top of a car.

The young man also has a Washington Huskies sweatshirt on, meaning he either traveled north of the border for the game or is a fan in another country (or just bought a sweatshirt because he was cold). Either way, here's your Washington fan in the midst of the riots.

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Via the Globe and Mail

See? It wasn't all Canucks-clad rioters. I'm sure if we looked hard enough we could find apparel from Washington State, Western Washington and even Evergreen State College. But alas, this is what we found, and it's certainly an interesting picture. He looks so proud of himself standing on a car that's about to be lit on fire, and he's not even flipping the bird to the camera.

Like we've been saying all along, if you know this young man or recognize anyone in the photos, please contact police. More information on how to do so can be found here.

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Vancouver Riots Caused By 'Anarchists, Criminals' According To Police Chief Jim Chu

Vancouver police chief Jim Chu held a press conference in the aftermath of Wednesday night's riots, debriefing the public on what happened following the end of the Stanley Cup Final. Chu said the riots were caused by "anarchists and criminals disguised as Canucks fans," and that the groups came to the city with a clear goal in mind: To destroy property and riot. The groups came with masks, goggles and other equipment to ward off the police effort to disperse the crowd.

Chu maintained the groups causing the riots on Wednesday nights were the same criminals who took part in acts of vandalism during the 2010 Winter Olympics. He held up a mask worn by the criminal, which resembled a skull. Chu added that police took the area back within a few hours, and that it was handled relatively well.

A video of his statement can be found here.

While it may be true that some of the rioters and looters were young men and women hell-bent on causing damage and chaos, it's also clear that others were involved. It takes more than a small group to cause what occurred in Vancouver on Wednesday night, and bystanders watching, snapping pictures and encouraging the destruction did nothing to stop the riots.

It was a mix of fans gathered to watch the game and criminals that caused the riots on Wednesday night, and as it spiraled out of control, more bystanders became involved. Perhaps it was sparked by a misguided few, but the growing crowds served as fuel to the metaphorical fire. And we all watched the results unfold.

For more on the investigation, and to turn in photos and videos, visit this Facebook page.

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Vancouver Riots Cleanup Begin As Fans Take Back Their City

The streets are calm in Vancouver and the riot that enveloped the city on Wednesday is long gone, with only damage and destruction left in its wake. But in the immediate aftermath of the riot, citizens began organizing a cleanup and urging Vancouver residents to come out and pick up the pieces. The city responded, and early Thursday morning groups young and old were out cleaning up the city.

This photo comes from Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times. It shows a young man in a Canucks jersey and a woman picking up broken glass at the site a Hummer was flipped over and burned on Wednesday night.

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The following also comes from Danny O'Neil and shows a man who said he was more upset by the riots than the game.

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O'Neil added that he saw the words "This is Vancouver. That was a riot. There is a difference." scrolled on the seawall in Vancouver. It rings true, and I can't think of anything that better describes the feeling of the large majority of Vancouver this morning.

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Vancouver Riots Spark Social Media Outrage, Stupidity

The Vancouver riots are over and the attention has turned to holding those responsible accountable for their action. Police have turned to social media and the Internet in an effort to identify vandals and track them down in the wake of the destruction in downtown Vancouver. And as with nearly everything these days, social media is playing a role, be it Twitter or Facebook.

For instance, we have this Facebook post that was passed around on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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Bragging about being involved in the riot is one of the least smart things to do, and this young man will probably learn that the hard way.

The Vancouver police are on Twitter and were asking the public for help while investigating the riot. During Wednesday evening's disturbance, the police passed information to the public through the Twitter account, including areas to stay away from and updates from the scene. It was truly remarkable to watch.

From real-time information during the riot, including photos, videos and first-hand accounts from the scene at the click of a mouse, to help with the investigation in the aftermath of the riot, social media played a major role in the Vancouver riots. Be it people using social media for good or those using it like the gentleman shown above, there's no denying the role real-time information played during the riot and will continue to play in large events now and in the future.

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Vancouver Riots Leave Black Mark On The City Following Stanley Cup Finals

The end of the Stanley Cup Finals was marred by a riot in Vancouver following the Canucks' Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins. It's time for the city to pick itself up and repair the damage done.

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VIDEO: Vancouver Riot Inspires Man To Jump Over Burning Car (He Misses)

Riots bring out some of the dumbest in society and the video below is a shining example. A BMW was on fire in the street in downtown Vancouver following the Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins, and one enterprising fan -- in a hockey jersey, as well -- decided it'd be fun to run over the car and jump the fire. Seems rather harmless, right? Of course it does.

As you'll see below, he has a bit of trouble with the dismount, hits the roof of his car -- which is on fire -- and slides off and celebrates as if it was an accomplishment. Also note the man in front of the car flexing and posing for the cameras.

Via Bubba Prog.

Just brilliantly stupid. Job well done, genius.

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Vancouver Riots Following Stanley Cup Finals Loss, Damaging Property In Downtown

The city of Vancouver became a war-zone just minutes after the Boston Bruins handed the Canucks a Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday evening at Rogers Arena. In a scene reminiscent of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals -- when fans damaged over $1 million of property in the city -- smoke was seen rising from burning cars and rubble shortly after the game concluded, and it's continued ever since. Riot police descended on the area and have been working for hours to control the situation, but at least four separate riots are ongoing, according to reports.

Before the game, over 100,000 reportedly descended on downtown Vancouver, taking to the streets to watch the game as they have throughout the Stanley Cup Finals. Public viewing areas were in place, and the crowd was well-mannered, but all that changed as soon as the Bruins finished off the Canucks with a 4-0 win.

It wasn't unexpected, and police had been bracing for the possibility of a riot knowing the large crowds could get out of hand. Liquor stores were closed early, though crowds were seen lining up outside of them as early as 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Stores in the downtown area also closed early as many remembered what happened in 1994 following the Canucks loss to the New York Rangers.

Even still, all the preparation in the world didn't matter. With such a large crowd, no amount of police would be able to stop the unruly masses. Cars were tipped and burned, fights broke out, and police and rioters clashed in the streets, and continue to do so hours after the game ended. Police are using tear gas, riot shields and rubber bullets to disperse the masses, but it's a long, uphill battle at this point.

As of 9:30 p.m., scattered fires were seen throughout downtown Vancouver. That includes a fire set in a parking garage, which you can see below.

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Cars were also seen burning in different areas and police vehicles drew the target of the rioters' ire. Below is a fan in a Canucks jersey stomping on two smashed police cars.

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Just a short time later, cameras caught a fan posing in front of an engulfed BMW in downtown Vancouver (via WadeOn1420)

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It's an ugly, shameful scene in Vancouver after a Stanley Cup Finals series that brought out the best in both cities, at least until now. Vancouver's show of support for the Canucks, including those massive crowds in the streets calmly watching the games earlier in the series, were admirable, but all that goodwill went out the window with Wednesday's riots.

You can find more photos from Vancouver here in an updated live curation tool from The Providence.

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