A tale of two riots

Comparing the 1994 and 2011 Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver.

Comparing the 1994 and 2011 Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver

People pose in front of a burning vehicle during a riot that broke out in downtown Vancouver after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The scenes of hooliganism and destruction  in Vancouver after the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday are a case of deja vu for those who remember June 14, 1994. That was the night riots broke out after Vancouver's Stanley Cup defeat to the New York Rangers.

Officials haven't had a chance to tally the full extent of last night's outburst, but early reports suggest it could eclipse the anarchy of '94 in terms of damage and injuries. Here's a comparison of the two events.

A large crowd in Vancouver disperses after being tear gassed by police on June 14, 1994, following the Vancouver Canucks' loss to the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final. (Chuck Stoody/Canadian Press)


Total cost: $1.1 million

Number of people in the streets: 50,000 to 70,000

Number of officers deployed: 540

Number of people injured: 200

Number of arrests: 150

Worst incident: Police struck rioter Ryan Berntt in the head with a plastic bullet, which put him in a four-week coma and caused permanent brain damage. Berntt filed a civil suit against police and the City of Vancouver for excessive force, a case that was ultimately dismissed by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

City hall's response: Then-mayor Philip Owen said the event was indicative of the "deep social problems across the country."


Total cost: Officials are conservatively estimating about $1.3 million to cover things like the cost of policing and fixing damage.

Number of people in the streets: 100,000

Number of officers deployed: No official numbers are currently available

Number of people injured: At least 140

Number of arrests: Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu said close to 100 people were arrested.

Worst incident: Officials are still assessing the situation, but there were reports of at least four stabbings and one person listed in critical condition.

City hall's response: "Vancouver is a world-class city and it is embarrassing and shameful to see the type of violence and disorder we’ve seen tonight," said current mayor Gregor Robertson.