We were in Vancouver last week for Pat’s son’s wedding and during that time it was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Of course, we all know what happened after the game. My daughter and I had gone out to pick up a pizza for dinner and found ourselves in the midst of the riot.
We witnessed cars being burned and windows smashed. I got the distinct impression that this was not about hockey — many of these hooligans came downtown with full intent to riot. Some people ( I presume the true hockey fans ) were even standing in front of the stores, attempting to defend the broken windows from looting.
As much as this was a bad reflection on society, due to the mass destruction, many did attempt to stop the violence. This is especially evident in the 12,000 strong volunteer clean-up crew that helped out the day after.
We made it home to enjoy our pizza with a glass of Rioja in an attempt to wash away the taste of the tear gas.