Saturday, June 18, 2011

In the Aftermath of the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot

Repeat visitors to this blog will know that I'm not shy about using opportunities to show off the local scenery. By now the images from Wednesday's night Stanley Cup aftermath will have spread around the world... and even though it the mayhem was the work of core group of hooligans, none of us in the Greater Vancouver area felt any pride in our city the day afterward.

To know Vancouver's history is to also know the anxiety we feel about large public gatherings and unrestrained demonstrations of community pride, and by the end of Wednesday night, history had repeated itself in the worst possible way.... which was to say that it was even worse than before.

A little bit of local history. Vancouver loves hockey. There can be no truer fact. Vancouver also loves the Canucks...when they don't hate them. This is an unfortunate fact. Over the 40 years of history, there have been three trips to the Stanley Cup Finals, but nothing to show for it. The last time was 17 years ago, just after a game 7, after a season of so much promise. Just like this time.