Following the NHL Stanley Cup loss by the hometown Canucks to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday's fateful game 7, what Canuck fans manifested in the downtown Vancouver has made many Canadians who watch the whole events unfold question the sensibility of the riot.
After all the hoopla of extensive media coverage for months on Stanley Cup what the system ignored is the denial that anything was going to happen aside the euphoria that was created.
The riot would've likely happened whether the Canucks won or lost, but with the loss, it seems to give the fans the right to turn vehicles over and set it on fire and loot stores.
With the widespread social media, much of the vandalism and looting, were caught in the personal cameras, many people in the crowd throwing bottles, smashing windows and grinning for the cameras were happily showing off their Canucks jerseys. These were real hockey fans.
Bob Whitelaw, the man who investigated the 1994 riot in Vancouver told CTV's Canada AM on Thursday, that key recommendations that emerged 17 years ago went unheeded. Police, event organizers and the city's public transit system did not heed the lessons learned from that riot. He said police were too slow to intervene, and there may not have been enough of a police presence downtown.
He also mentioned, This was worse than 1994 in terms of the violence, the fires, the hooliganism, the vandalism and the sheer outright defiance of law, seeing the police pelted.
Vancouver police chief Jim Chu said In 1994, it took almost six hours... We had triple the number of rioters last night. We got the situation stabilized in three hours.
Mr Chu blamed anarchists for the deliberated riot. He also said there is no question that over-consumption of alcohol had a lot to do with the misconduct on the street.