Tag:Vancouver riots
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:22 pm

Miss Congeniality among 25 charged in Van. riots

By Brian Stubits

Nothing says Miss Congeniality like rioting, am I right?

From the stories you just can't make up section, here's a real whopper. The first round of charges have been filed for the rioting in the wake of the Vancouver Canucks' Stanley Cup loss last summer, and among the 25 people charged is a woman by the name of Sophie LaBoissonniere.

Other than a long and interesting (and I submit nice) name, why would anybody outside of the LaBoissonniere family care? Well, she just happened to be named Miss Congeniality in a beauty pageant. Really.

Here's a little more from the Daily Mail:

The beauty queen was allegedly among the mob that went Wild on June 15 in the city following the Vancouver Canucks’ defeat by the Boston Bruins in the cup.

She is also accused of being part of a group that broke into the London Drugs store that night, globaltvbc.com reports.

Naturally, this has brought out the cavalry in LaBoissonniere's defense, including Katherine Grefner, director of Miss World Canada.

"She's just an all-around good kid," Grefner told CTV.

I just don't see the need to rush to her, or anybody's defense on this. A lot of people did things they aren't proud of when they were young. Obviously this one might be a little bit more extreme than most, but it happened. Make your apology/pay your price and be done with it

And let us enjoy in the irony of the situation.

Photo: From LaBoissonniere's no-longer existing blog

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Posted on: August 31, 2011 9:45 am

Dail Skate: Vancouver keeps searching for rioters

By Brian Stubits

STILL SEARCHING: I guess the Vancouver police were serious about wanting to bring all of the people responsible for the post-Stanley Cup riot to justice. Some of the offenders already came forward and admitted to their deeds after the Canucks lost Game 7 and the Cup. But plenty more have gone thus far unpunished. That's why the Vancouver police have set up this website with photos of some offenders asking the public for help identifying the people so they can face their punishment.

LENGTHY NEGOTIATIONS: The Kings are still trying to find common ground with defenseman Drew Doughty, so to do so, they are reportedly giving Doughty more options concerning the length of the prospective deal. Helene Elliott at the L.A. Times has the full story, including this take from Kings G.M. Dean Lombardi: "Everything's been amicable. We're waiting to hear back from them. They said they'd get back to us in a day or two." Maybe there's an end in sight after all?

FORMAL FILING: Also from Elliott at the L.A. Times in the same Doughty story, the Kings have filed their grievance with the with the NHL over the deal with the Oilers that had Colin Fraser going to L.A. in exchange for Ryan Smyth. “The Edmonton Oilers have a few days to respond. Commissioner Gary Bettman will then decide whether to hold a hearing, though Lombardi said the Kings can request one.” So it continues.

SPREAD THE LOVE: Yesterday's Daily Skate touched on the Devils considering retiring Scott Niedermayer's number. Now the O.C. Register is wondering if the Ducks shouldn't do the same thing? Niedermayer only played five seasons with the Ducks, but he was a big reason why Anaheim brought home the Stanley Cup.

PROSPECT WATCH: Wondering how the advancement of Rangers prospects is coming along? The New York Rangers blog has an update on defensemen Tim Erixon, who insists he has a true two-way game as he makes a push for the roster. Then there's a little nugget about Dylan McIlrath as well.

A LITTLE LOVE: Bryan Little isn't seeming to have any problems getting acclimated to life in Winnipeg. He is enjoying the passion and support the hyped-up Jets fan base is showing, with Go Jets Go! chants at every turn. From the Winnipeg Sun: “The province is so pumped about having a team back, and that just gets all of us, the players, just more excited to play,” Little said.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:21 pm

Daily Skate: Islanders arena vote splits groups

By Brian Stubits

ON AN ISLAND: Aug. 1 will be a monumental day in Islanders history. That's the day residents vote on an arena proposal that will essentially decide the fate of the team on Long Island. Owner Charles Wang has previously said if he doesn't have a new arena for his team to play in by 2015, the Isles will relocate (and rename, I'd hope -- nobody wants another Lakers). But two local and influential groups can't agree on the plan that calls for Nassau County to borrow nearly $400 million, which ends up being about double that after interest. Newsday has the whole story.

WHAT A RIOT: After the Game 7 riots in Vancouver, the police said they were determined to detain and punish the hooligans who took part in the vandalism. Well, they are getting some help. The Vancouver Sun reports that 10 rioters turned themselves in to police this week, bringing the post-riot total to 34 people. Although as of now, none of them has been charged.

RICHER WITH RICHARDS: Previously in the Daily Skate, we shared with you a breakdown of how Brad Richards was a bad fit for the New York Rangers. In the interest of fairness, we now share Blueshirt Banter's opposing view and why Richards fits like a glove on Broadway. It starts with the obvious (past relationship with coach John Tortorella) and goes well beyond.

TAMBEL ON: Jeff Tambellini, who grew up in Vancouver, had a chance to play with the Canucks last season and came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup with the hometown team. But now he has to find a new home ... at least in the hockey sense. Not welcomed back by the Canucks, Tambellini has instead signed a contract with Zurich of the Swiss League.

INTO THE Wild BLUE YONDER: The Colorado Avalanche will return to something they did from 2007-09, playing their annual Burgundy-White game at the Air Force Academy this September (from the Denver Post. It's a great move by the Avs to their local Air Force members (the academy is located in Colorado Springs) as ticket sales benefit military families as well as Colorado youth hockey.

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 7:19 pm

Video: Vancouver fans take to streets to clean up

"We don't need the Cup, we just need to clean up. That's our new slogan."

That coming from a fan of the Canucks and a proud resident of Vancouver.

Locals disgusted by what they saw after the Canucks lost the Cup took to the ravaged, looted and vandalized streets of Vancouver to clean up and help restore the city to where it was before.

The city took a beating in perception that will be incredibly tough to recover from. But this is a good start. It's always important to remember when things like the riot after Game 7 happen that you can't paint a city's residents with broad brush strokes. It's only fair to point out the good after the bad, so that's why we're here.

"What happened last night doesn't really represent Vancouver and the hockey fans or anything like that," one volunteer said. "It was really just a group of people that came out and had to ruin it for everybody else. So we're here to show we love Vancouver and to show that it should be beautiful for everybody, too."

"I don't want the rest of the world or anybody who lives in the city to think what happened last night is any reflection on the type of people in this city," another said.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 3:38 pm

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

By now I'm sure you've seen this photo. It's amazing to me that the lasting image from riots after Vancouver's Game 7 loss could actually be this. (If not that then definitely this.) The riots were disgusting, embarrassing for people in Vancouver and Canada and, as colleague A.J. Perez pointed out, took away from Boston's spotlight for being the victor.

The contrasts in the picture are amazing. It's the old saying "make love, not war" in an image instead of an idea.

People wondered what exactly was going on. Many on the Internet suggested that maybe even something foul was going on, more of a crime than a romance. Turns out, it might be as pure as it looks.

Megan Jones of Perth, Australia, told the Aussie website Ninemsn.com.au, that the man in the photo is 29-year-old Scott Jones. That would be her son, who has been in Vancouver the last six months.

“It is something he would do -- that’s our boy,” she said. “He has always lived in his own world. He’s special like that. He doesn’t always connect with what [is] going on around him. I knew it was him because he doesn’t have a lot of clothes with him and he always puts on the same thing.”

Looking at the photo almost brings to mind another old saying: Ignorance is bliss.

As for the woman in the picture with Jones, his sister identified her as Alex Thomas, a Canadian who Scott has been dating.

Jones’ father, Brett, said the couple had attended Game 7. After the Canucks lost, the two were caught up in the violence, like a lot of the crowd that attended.

“They were between the riot police and the rioters, and the riot police were actually charging forward, and Alex got knocked by a [police] shield and fell to the ground,” Brett Jones told CBC News. “[Scott] was comforting her and gave her a kiss to say, ‘It’s going to be OK,’ and the photographer just took the shot at that moment.”

As for the photographer? He had no idea what exactly was going on when he took the picture.

“I didn’t really see what I really had until after I gave my memory cards [to an editor on site] and someone said ‘Oh, nice picture of the couple kissing,’” Getty Images freelance photog Rich Lam said.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, they’re making out.’ Here I thought she was hurt and kind of had a sympathetic guy ... but they’re making out.”

In general, people have been taken aback by such public displays of affection. Wild what a little contextual contrast will do.

-- Brian Stubits

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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