It’s that time of year…. playoffs! And that means hockey chirps from fans that think Vancouver invented the hockey riot.
It can be forgiven, Vancouver is a hockey innovator. Vancouver is the birthplace of the forward pass, blue lines, the Luongo flop, hockey fans waving towels, and a little something we celebrate today; playoffs. But sadly, not the hockey riot. Here is a list of of some notable hockey riots from The Hockey News.
My favourite: 1955: Violence broke out in the streets of Montreal after star forward Maurice Richard was handed a stiff suspension. Richard broke his stick over a Boston Bruins player and hit a linesmen, causing the NHL to suspend him for all remaining games including potential playoff matches. Habs fans rioted in protest of the ruling, which many interpreted as a prejudicial decision based in part on Richard’s francophone heritage. There were roughly 100 arrests and $100,000 worth of property damage during the riot.
So there you go, some animals will chirp…but you, educated Canucks fan, can let the words roll off your back like all those many, many, many playoff losses throughout Canucks history. So many.