I've taken a few days to get over the Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver and have decided that many of the good folks in Canada need to step back and face the reality of the situation.
It is a hockey game. Somebody has to lose; there is no point in giving the world the impression that the noted stability of the country is in question because the Boston Bruins captured the Cup. Canuck fans have been known to take their hockey a bit too seriously, but this behavior in downright embarrassing.
This is not the first time that Vancouver fans have shown their collective backsides to the world, but this is the most embarrassing. The police, with a full understanding of the team's history, should have been prepared for the inevitable misbehavior of the supporters.
So what is next for the Canucks? What is it going to take to capture the Stanley Cup? A dose of reality would be a good start. Championships start with a solid foundation and end with a proven dedication to hard work. The Canucks are full of individual players who lacked the necessary hunger it took to get the game seven win. Bring in a few players that crave the opportunity to raise the Cup. Mix in a few guys with the ring with the existing roster.
What does any of this have to do with American Junior Hockey? First of all, the negative influence such behavior has on our own fans needs to be considered. The last thing I want to see is the Bucketman smashing a store window because his 'Runners wasted another Robertson Cup opportunity.
What do you think?