Canucks fans apologize on boarded storefront
June, 21, 2011
By ESPN.com | ESPN.com
Sergei Bachlakov/Getty ImagesThe plywood sheets covered with apologies will be temporarily stored at the Vancouver Museum.
After the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Boston Bruins, rioters swept through downtown Vancouver, resulting in close to 100 arrests and almost 150 people hospitalized.
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.
After the streets were cleaned up, some Vancouver residents tried to make amends for the damage by writing apologies and words of encouragement, support and sympathy on boarded-up storefronts. Soon, the plywood sheets were covered.
With new glass starting to get installed on Monday, Vancouver councilor Heather Deal said the plywood sheets would be temporarily stored at the Vancouver Museum until a final destination can be determined, according to The Province.
Sergei Bachlakov/Getty ImagesA woman writes a message on the plywood covering department store Hudson's Bay Company.
"They're part of our history," Deal said, according to the report. "They're an instrument of our recovery as a community and people have been telling us they want access to see them."
"The boards are all full and the messages written on them are an answer to all our detractors."
The morning after the riots, some residents went to downtown Vancouver to help clean up the broken glass and graffiti.
Kate Leinweber and Dani Lemon were two Canucks fans who helped clean up Hudson's Bay Company, one of the worst hit stores. "We decided that there was a lot of bad vibes over what happened last night and it's not a reflection of who we are as a city and it's not a reflection of who we are as Canucks fans," Leinweber told Canucks.com on Thursday. "I don't want the rest of the world, or anyone who lives in this city, to think that what happened last night was any reflection of the types of people who live here."
Rich Lam/Getty ImagesPeople run out of Hudson's Bay Company with merchandise during riots on the night of Game 7 of the finals.