Fans of Vancouver Canucks, a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada went mad Wednesday night after the team's stunning 0-4 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
While the high-spirited 5,000 Canuck hockey fans gathered to watch the giant 170 square-foot TV screen at the Surrey's Central City plaza game zone, things started to turn ugly after the third period. The dream that Vancouver would be the first Canadian-based club to hoist the trophy since 1993 turned instead into an ugly scene on the streets.
The fans who should have taken the finals in a good spirit turned violent and they set fire on trucks and garbage cans as well as looted departmental stores. They also smashed windows, thrown beer bottles at a giant screen and danced atop overturned vehicles.
Police had a tough time controlling riots and they used tear gas and pepper spray to drive away violent fans.
The incident was a huge embarrassment for the Vancouver public and its sporting culture.
It's terrible, Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. This city and province has a lot to be proud of, the team we have and the guys we have in here. It's too bad.
On the other hand, the Boston Bruins, a ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts, won their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972 against the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.
Boston Bruins, which has been in existence since 1924, are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Following are the dreadful photos of Vancouver riots.