Last Wednesday, June 15, thousands of Vancouver Canucks hockey fans gathered in their city's Rogers Arena to watch the final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins. After the Canucks lost and the crowds poured out into the streets, some fans began rioting, smashing storefront windows, looting, and overturning cars. The following day, many volunteers gathered in downtown Vancouver to help clean up and repair the damage. They wrote thousands of emotional messages on the plywood covering storefronts, sidewalks, and police vehicles -- messages expressing anger at the rioters, pride in the city, and gratitude toward police and emergency workers. The spontaneous display of sentiment on these sheets of plywood appears to be important enough to the history of the city that the Museum of Vancouver will be saving them once they come down. (Also, be sure to read about The Last Time Canadians Rioted After the Stanley Cup Finals) [24 photos total]
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A Vancouver Canucks fan videotapes the chaos around an overturned burning pickup truck in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, during rioting after the Canucks lost Game 7, the final and deciding game of the Stanley Cup playoffs to the Boston Bruins on June 15, 2011.
Vancouver Canucks fans push over a vehicle as they react to their team's loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia June 15, 2011.
A burnt out car lies upside down in the street following the Vancouver Canucks being defeated by the Boston Bruins in the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
(Geoff Howe/The Canadian Press/dapd)
Employees of Clover Earthkind Hair Salon work after midnight to clean up some of the damage caused by rioting after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 15, 2011.
A man reads messages on plywood covering the windows of a bank that was broken into during the riot after the NHL Stanley Cup finals, in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 17, 2011.