Reports on riot urge league to increase role
Friday, September 2, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Two reports on Vancouver's Stanley Cup riot urge the NHL and its teams to take a more active role in preventing violence at future finals.
One recommendation in an independent review into the riot after the Canucks lost Game 7 to the Bruins says the league should partner with host cities and franchises "to help ensure the best, safest public celebrations possible."
Vancouver's internal review suggests the Canucks be part of discussions, along with the NHL and local business groups, to create a "community-based organization to plan, raise money, and oversee any future Fan Zone activation sites."
Over 150,000 people converged on Vancouver's downtown June 15, torching cars, smashing windows and looting stores for several hours. Damage is estimated in the millions of dollars.