By Justin Aucoin
Remember when the Boston Bruins beat the President Trophy Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 to the score of like 100-0? Remember when the entire city of Vancouver went ape and turned their town into a burning wasteland?
Remember when the Vancouver police said that it wasnt Canuck fans but organized anarchists cleverly disguised as Canuck fans?
Yea, well, all that pillaging and burning is apparently the NHLs fault. Or so the city of Vancouver is saying.
In spite of four Stanley Cup riots in the last five years, the NHL has no approach, no policy and no apparent strategy to work with host franchises and municipalities on this issue, reads part of the lengthy internal report. This clearly threatens the value and perception of their NHL brand.
Yep. Good ol Canuck Country decided the riots are the NHLs fault because it hurts the leagues brand. Thousands of dollars in property damage and Vancouver boils it down to a bad marketing move by the NHL.
Beside that just being one of the more ridiculous ideas weve had to contemplate recently, the City of Vancouver fails to notice that its own policy, approach and strategy to preventing and stopping riots is unsatisfactory at best and nonexistent at worst.
Of course, this is not unlike Roberto Luongos game seven performance.
Obviously, its not the leagues job to rogue wrangle the rioters and protect the citizens. Thats the job of the government be it Canadian or American. Thats why we all pay taxes. Thats why we have police departments. Hell, thats why we have riot police in the first place.
We do, of course, have two ideas for how the NHL Riot Police would look should such a foul department ever took place:
The report reads "four Stanley Cup riots in the last five years" Edmonton (2006), Montreal (2008), Montreal (2010) and Vancouver (2011). Notice a trend here? Apparently our passive friends up north arent as passive as we all thought.
You know whats coming next right?