Canada – June 2011 – Stanley Cup Riot

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In June 2011, the Vancouver Canucks Ice Hockey team got to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and lost. In response, “fans” rioted, causing an estimated $4.2 million worth of damage. At least 140 people were reported as injured during the incident, one critically; at least four people were stabbed, nine police officers were injured, and 101 people were arrested that night, with 16 further arrests following the event [Source: Wikipedia]. Not the city’s finest moment. The next day, thousands of people came out to help clean up the mess and the boarded up shop windows became home to thousands of messages of anger, disgust, support and love. [Canada – June 2011 – Stanley Cup Riot by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 17th February 2014]

Canada – April 2010 – The Vancouver Canucks

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We’d never seen a hockey game before coming to Vancouver and didn’t really pay much attention until we got given some tickets to a game. We’re still not fanatics but we have jerseys, go to a couple of games a year and try to get to at least one playoff game – when Vancouver get that far (which doesn’t look likely this year). [Canada – April 2010 – The Vancouver Canucks by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 16th February 2014]

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I guess I should know better than to make plans by now. A friend I hadn’t seen for several years dropped by my office yesterday with some tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks play the Colorado Avalanche. I’m not a huge sports fan but I do enjoy watching ice hockey. Probably because 1) It’s fast – team’s can go from winning to losing, literally in a few seconds of game time 2) It’s the first time where my local sports team has actually stood a chance of winning anything 3) I live in Canada It was a great game. The Vancouver Canucks won six to nothing and there were smokies, mini donuts and beer. No work on F Bomb although I did produce an entry for Tuesday Tales 18 – Break. You can find a link to it on the Free Fiction page.