The Stanley Cup was skated again last night after a road win by the Boston Bruins. It was an interesting series with the home team dominating each game until the Bruins broke the cycle, and the Vancouver Canucks, in a stunning domination of game seven. As a fan it is a shame to watch your team, a team that dominated all season, loose the Stanley Cup at home. But it is one thing to loose gracefully, it is another to be sore looser. The actions of the Vancouver Canucks fans, both in the arena and in the City of Vancouver, are inexcusable and tarnishes the sacred game of hockey and brings shame on those who participated in this unsportsmanlike conduct.
According to the Associated Press “Angry, drunken fans ran wild Wednesday night after the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-0 loss to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, setting cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles and dancing atop overturned vehicles.” I witnessed people in the arena booing the Boston Bruins and throwing items on the ice as they received and skated the cup. Unfortunately this reflects poorly on the citizens of Vancouver and those in attendance in Rogers Arena. Shame on Vancouver supporters for their lack of respect for the game of hockey, the City of Vancouver and those who love the game.
The Stanley Cup represents the oldest professional championship in North America. It represents the dedication of millions of fans and thousands of hours of work for the National Hockey League teams and players that work for this coveted prize. It represents the dreams of thousands of boys and young men who skate on frozen ponds and in small public rinks for a chance to play for this trophy. It represents thousands of people like me who love the game and watch the playoffs every year even though our team did not make the playoffs. It tarnishes the instution that is the National Hockey League.
These immature actions reflects poorly on the citizens of Vancouver and those in attendance in Rogers Arena. Shame on Vancouver fans for their lack of respect for the game of hockey, the City of Vancouver and those who love the game. The Vancouver Canucks were one of the best teams in the NHL this year, but the fans have forever put a dent in the Stanley Cup. A dent that will remind all of the of us of this most distasteful end to a fantastic hockey season.