Bedlam ensues in Vancouver after Canucks' loss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia --- Almost 150 people required hospital treatment and close to 100 were arrested after rioters swept through downtown Vancouver following a Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.


Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Anna Marie D'Angelo said Thursday that three stabbing victims had been admitted and an unidentified man was in critical condition with head injuries after a fall from a viaduct.

Rioting and looting left cars burned, stores in shambles and windows shattered over a roughly 10-block radius of the city's main shopping district.

Police Chief Jim Chu called those who incited the riot "criminals and anarchists" and said officers identified some in the crowd as the same people who smashed windows and caused trouble through the same streets the day after the 2010 Winter Olympics opened.

"These were people who came equipped with masks, goggles and gasoline," he said. "They had a plan."

Assistant Fire Chief Wade Pierlot said people had to be rescued from rooftops and bathrooms where they had hidden for safety.

"What I've seen is a complete disgrace," said Beth Hope, 28, who is originally from England but has lived in Vancouver for two years. "I'm a Canucks fan, but my jersey's in my bag. I'm ashamed to be a fan right now."

Nickname is on hold

The new NHL team in Winnipeg that was formerly the Atlanta Thrashers still doesn't have a name, and it might not have one before the league's draft next week.

The president of team owner True North Sports and Entertainment had predicted the team would have a name before Tuesday's board of governors meeting. That won't happen, and it might not happen until after the June 24 draft.

Among the suggestions are Winnipeg Jets -- the name before the club moved to Phoenix in 1996 -- and Manitoba Falcons for the first team to win an Olympic gold medal in hockey, the Winnipeg Falcons.

- Associated Press



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