The contrast between Canadians’ peaceful nature and the way we can become thugs when we pick up hockey sticks is hilarious comedy for the stand-up crowd. But it’s no joke when the violence spills over the boards and out into the streets. The Vancouver hockey riot of 2011 was the last big one, but with two Canadian teams still in the playoffs, we’re not out of the woods riot-wise.
Of course, a sports riot is certainly not like the violence that’s popping up in the U.S. right now, and it would be wrong to compare Canadian skirmishes with what’s happen south of the border right now.
But the Vancouver 2011 riot cost the city more than a million in damages and prompted the city to overhaul the way it holds public events, so it’s not trivial stuff.
In that spirit, here are five factors that come together to form a hockey riot, some of which are avoidable, some the product of a good playoff run. But when they come together, the consequences can be severe
1. A championship game.
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