Before the flames of our city were even put out, hockey fans were attempting to distance themselves from 'the troublemakers'.
And for the most part, the bulk of hockey fans are surely good natured and without ill intent. Sure. i'll give ya that.
But to suggest that 1000's of troublemakers with no prior affiliation or qualifications as 'hockey fans' suddenly manifested themselves out of thin air with intent to riot ... is not exactly the case, now is it?
Why then, does it not happen at events like UFC (surely drawing a crowd with even more 'tendencies towards violence'), or other musical venues? (save for the failures of G'n'R back in the day - Canadians _love_ Axl Rose)
Like it or not: these 'troublemakers' - they are of you. There most certainly _were_ hockey fans in those riotous crowds, all in various degrees. Yes, perhaps some not at all - but alas, many wore blue. (legitimately, as fans.)
I dare say it's some of the more 'passionate' fans that were involved! The world has seen it before; some people simply take the game way too seriously.
IMO, the whole thing was over-hyped. Media & social frenzy encouraged almost everyone onto the bandwagon. It's constantly on the radio. It's on TV. It's waved in everyones faces with those stupid little flags on cars. You're literally called 'un-canadian' if you mention that you don't like hockey. Almost everyone got swept up in the hype - including those with perhaps little or no previous interest in hockey - and therein lies the problem.
But it is NOT an act mutually exclusive to 'those hooligans with no prior affiliation'.
You want to enjoy something? Keep it to yourselves, and STFU about hockey already.
So, my solution: Disband the Canucks. Canucks cause riots.
Clearly Vancouver does not deserve a professional hockey team.