I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm Canadian - but the behavior exemplified after Wednesday night's hockey game makes me a little embarrassed to admit that I lived in Vancouver for over five years.

After a historic win on enemy territory, the Boston Bruins became the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in game seven on Wednesday night.

The crowd erupted minutes after the win in a malicious manner - smashing windows, looting and torching police cars, dumpsters and anything else in their sight on the downtown streets.

Mayor Gregor Robertson, looked rattled and angry as he spoke to reporters at a news conference Downtown.

He called the rioting, "absolutely disgraceful and shameful."

After more than an hour of rioting, Mayor Gregor Robertson issued a statement.

"It is extremely disappointing to see the situation in downtown Vancouver turn violent after tonight’s Stanley Cup game. Vancouver is a world-class city and it is embarrassing and shameful to see the type of violence and disorder we’ve seen tonight," he said in a statement.

"The vast majority of people who were in the downtown tonight were there to enjoy the game in a peaceful and respectful manner. It is unfortunate that a small number of people intent on criminal activity have turned pockets of the downtown into areas involving destruction of property and confrontations with police."

via Downtown Vancouver rocked by Stanley Cup post-game riot.
News reporters and other media sources are saying that this behavior is definitely out of the ordinary for the typically polite and well-mannered Canadians. This just goes to show - don't mess with hockey in Canada.


37-year-old Tim Thomas of Flint, MI had an impeccable series, and a flawless game seven, with 37 saves and a shutout victory. He was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy (MVP of the series), as well as the first star of the night. Patrice Bergeron received the second star of the night for his two goals that brought his team up 3-0 in the second period. Brad Marchand also scored two goals, and was awarded the third star.

Though the Boston Bruins' victory has been overshadowed by the crazy riots, here are the highlights from last night's game: