Canucks fans go wild in Vancouver after hockey win (photos)

A massive street party erupted in Vancouver after the hometown team, the Canucks, won a Stanley Cup Finals game over the Boston Bruins. Up to 100,000 fans watched the Canucks’ 1-0 win in downtown Vancouver.

I was lucky enough to join them!

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As a native New Yorker, I grew up going to Mets baseball games and hockey was not on my radar. I was impressed by the passion and politeness of these Vancouver Canucks fans. I can’t imagine this many intoxicated people gathering in NYC without starting a riot!

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Several streets were closed off to traffic and outfitted with jumbo TV screens. At one point, a TV screen flickered and went black, drawing loud boos and a sense of panic in the audience. Fortunately, the feed was immediately restored.

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The entire city was swept up in Canucks fever; even the posh Four Seasons created a tribute to the local team.

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Nearly every person watching the Vancouver Canucks game wore a blue and green jersey, and many painted their bodies with the team colors.

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The average age of the Canucks fan hovered around 20, and spirits were high!

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The teens in the crowd showed the most creativity with their outfits. Booty shorts were a popular look for the girls.

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Canucks fans scaled trees, doorways and any high surface to get a batter look at the TV screens.

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The crowd was incredibly diverse. Even small children cheered on the hometown team, which is now up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Canadians showed off their creativity with homemade Stanley Cup statues. Several fans trudged the cups through crowded streets.

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“Green Man” made multiple appearances at the Canucks street party, and a blue version of the full-body stocking was also spotted.

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Even the police were moved by the Canucks victory. A line of officers high-fived fans after the 1-0 win.

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I couldn’t have visited Vancouver at a better time! The streets were buzzing with positive vibes. This was the perfect way to cap off my first day in the city, which I visited for the TBEX blogging conference.

I owe a special thanks to Vancouver native Cam of the Traveling Canucks, who told me about the street party when I first arrived in town.

What a great first impression of the city!

About Leslie Koch

I'm a New Yorker with a passion for travel and art. I founded after returning from a year-long backpacking trip around the world. Find me on Twitter at @leslietravel.