After getting up close and personal with Canucks fans the past three seasons, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews wasn't surprised at the rioting in Vancouver after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Shortly after the Canucks fell to the Bruins last week to give Boston its first Stanley Cup since 1972, the British Columbia city erupted in violence, causing multiple injuries and extensive damage.
"I kind of expected that," said Toews, who was scheduled to leave Chicago on Tuesday to head to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. "Those fans are crazy. When we beat them the last couple of years they were throwing stuff on the ice. They're crazy fans and obviously passionate about their team. I kind of expected a reaction one way or another."
The Hawks eliminated the Canucks from the postseason two consecutive seasons before Vancouver ended the defending champs' quest for a repeat title in seven games in April.
Meanwhile, Toews said he was an interested spectator of the finals.
Hawks' Toews on Vancouver riots: 'I kind of expected that'
Chicago Tribune | Jun 22