Back in the summer of 1994, I was pretty new to Vancouver, and although I wasn’t at all a sports fan, the sight of thousands of hockey fans jubilantly strolling down Robson Street after each Canucks playoff victory was an irresistible treat. And after 11 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, this peaceful takeover of the street’s car traffic by happy pedestrians seemed quintessentially Canadian.
Alas, on the night the Canucks’ hopes were dashed and they were eliminated from the playoffs, things turned unexpectedly ugly. It was a turn of events that surprised a lot of people. Note: happily I was NOT there for the riot, so there is no footage of it here, but I did tape that day and evening and a sense of what’s coming seems to hang in the air.
Over 14 years later, I realized this video I’ve already edited and made my own DVD of should be shared. Enjoy this little slice of recent Vancouver history – and the sight of a younger and much shaggier me!