Boston Bruins fans are in no position to talk about the class of the Canucks

What is it with those Boston Bruins fans?

Since the Stanley Cup playoffs began, we've heard tales of them urinating on fans of the Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.

They sprinkle beer on people's heads who are wearing opposing jerseys.

They even harass fans in opposing jerseys when they're at the urinal in Boston's arena. It's appalling behaviour.

Some of these fans are probably the same jerks—or the kids of the same jerks—who nearly rioted in South Boston in the 1970s to protest busing to desegregate their local schools.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that people of African descent should have equal educational opportunities in a landmark ruling called Brown v. Board of Education. Separate schools for black students were unconstitutional. But two decades after that ruling and following the civil-rights movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King, some bigots in Southie still didn't get it.

Vancouverites could teach some of Boston's most moronic fans a few things about the benefits of diversity. Lesson number one: if someone is wearing a Canucks jersey in your town, they shouldn't have to fear going out in public or being attacked if they're in a taxi.

These idiotic fans think their boorish conduct is justified because Canuck defender Aaron Rome made a mistake. He delivered a late hit on a Boston forward who had his head down—and Rome paid a heavy price, missing the rest of the Stanley Cup final. He's not dirty—unlike some Boston fans.

What prompted me to write this? I just read an obnoxious commentary on a Boston sports website called "Being a Bruins Fan: An Open Letter to Luongo & The Canucks".

The writer, Joe Gill, starts with a nasty swipe at Canuck forward Alex Burrows for allegedly biting Patrice Bergeron's finger. I would like to see how Gill would react if someone shoved a finger in a hockey glove down his throat. Would he open wide and invite the guy to choke him to death?

Gill's insults continue from there.

"Your team is filled with cheap shot artists like Aaron Rome, divers like Burrows and Lapierre, paper tiger comedians like the Sedin twins and whiners like your head coach, Alain Vigneault complaining about everything from the ice conditions to Thomas’ playing style to his runny eggs at breakfast," Gill writes.

Then he moves on to Roberto Luongo. The Canuck goalie merely remarked that he would have stopped the Maxim Lapierre goal that got behind Bruin netminder Tim Thomas in Game 5.

It was a factual statement by a star backstop who doesn't run outside of his crease, whack players on the shins, and shove the other team's captain onto the ice.

For Luongo's sin of telling the truth, Gill claims: "Lord Stanley will turn in his grave if Vancouver wins his cup." And, it seems, Bruins fans now "despise" Loungo for his "arrogance and holier than thou attitude".

"I have no problem losing to the better team, but not to a team that doesn’t display one ounce of class," Gill adds.

Here's a message to Gill, if you're reading this. Class is not urinating on a person wearing the opposing team's jersey when they're visiting your town and spending tourist dollars boosting your pathetic economy.

Follow Charlie Smith on Twitter at twitter.com/csmithstraight.

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Craig McDiarmid
Loved it. Funny how losing brings out the worst in people. Go, Canucks, go!
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poopnoodle
Charlie Smith has Canook blue lenses on.
As a opposing fan in Rogers swimming pool and arena I have faced years of abuse and due to my size I haven't gotten 1/2 of what smaller and female fans get.
Canook fans are as arrogent as Boston fans but deserve more flak for their fairweatherness esp involving Luongo
Boston fans deserve credit for sticking by their goalie.
unlike the whiners of this town
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blp666
Funny, that should read Lord Stanley will be hoisting the cup in the very Park named for him....sometime later this week...
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Tomthomas
Your missing the point, I am not a fan of either team and wanted the Vancouver Canucks to win because I am on the East Coast and rivals with Bruins. I have always disliked the bruins and cheered against them and was ready to do so. The Bruins fans are not the team or the players. The team is made up of a collective group from US, Canada, and around the world. The fans have nothing to do with the series besides some pump up support. Hockey is a game that is played tough and hard with usually some respect between the players and respect for the game. As this series progressed ON THE ICE Vancouver has shown time and time again a style with disgusts the hardcore HOCKEY fan with ill advised dives fake injuries and other shenanigans. I can not stand the bruins but at this point when it looks like a god damn soccer game out there every time someone gets touched they fall and lay in agony for three seconds before popping up. Come on its not even working on the refs anymore and its just turning embarassing.
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Candid Canadian
For those of us who've attended the game and have experienced drunk behavior from fans, it happens every where, the comment above berating Vancouver fans as whiners, your really in no position to comment regardless of your stature about what Boston fans are representing the City as, I've never seen any write up that shows a Vancouver fan beating or pissing on another fan just because of their Jersey, nor does a Boston Bruin player be denied food at a venue, the pathetic school yard attitude towards guest in their city speaks volumes of the arrogance that is what breads from the core of most American cities, it would be advisable to reign that in a little whilst being a Canadian with an American attitude in BC.... that is something no-one on the West Coast will tolerate, so stop your whining Boston Gill & Mr. Poopnoodle it is inevitable that hatred you've built up for a fellow NHL city will more than likely be like most things involving Karma.... it WILL come back to you problem is it will arrive in a heap at your feet, but then of course then the real whining will begin about how the calls maybe weren't going Boston's way or rather some other sniveling complaint, Boston's in ability to come away with another is clearly due to the lack of talent / skill , ability to see clearly!! Wha wha Boston fans ... Wha Wha Wha carry more tissue's n crappy beer!
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Candid Canadian
Are you kidding me about Vancouver beating down the door of integrity of the Game! SERIOUSLY!! IT'S called the STANLEY CUP for a reason, take a look back at every single final Series of the Stanley Cup .... find anything remotely the resemble's what you see more from the likes of Ferrence, Kracji to corner the Vancouver Canucks as being the all time smasher's of the integrity of the game is narrow minded even for those of us who've been watching / playing the game for 35+ years! Their are plenty of calls / complaints to snivel at, every series is the same way, love to see those who do all the complaining & sniveling hit the ice, try out for the Team, show how ... better you are than they at getting you to the final series, your complaints will abruptly cease!
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Joe Gill
You are bringing the busing crisis of the 70's into this? What a joke? What does that have to do with anything?

When did I once trash Vancouver fans beside calling them fair-weather fans for booing their franchise goalie? How can you cheer and twirl your rally towels when he gets pulled. Did you see Luongo's face when the reporter asked if he knew he was booed back in Vancouver after game 4. He said no comment. He looked pretty disgusted.

Ok I bet every Vancouver fan has never done a damn thing to the opposing team. I do not condone such behavior. There is no room in the world for beating up the opposing fan or pissing on them as you claim.

Not your city, not your fans but your team is classless.
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ALR
If the refs were not blind to the Bruins blatant slashing, cross checking, etc, maybe the Canucks players would not be tempted to embellish. It is frustrating to watch the lopsided pro Bruins reffing. Game 3 was NHL officiating at its worst. The Canucks lost that game to the refs in the first two periods, and the third period was a wash. The Canucks have adjusted to the Bruins dirty tactics, and the lopsided reffing, and are still ahead in this series 3-2. Bruins fans should be ashamed.
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Gus Cacciotti
Alain Vigneault says Aaron Rome's hit on Nathan Horton was a ' hockey play ' and it's part of the game. Nuff said about this classless hockey organization called the Canucks. Lets see now, Vigneault is an ex-Hab, Lapierre (diver extraordinaire) ex-Hab, Higgins ex-Hab, Luongo from Montreal, Burrows too...ya we all see where the classness Canucks got their 'class' from. Just a bunch of cheatin, whinning, coward divers are who the Canucks are...they play the game so 'un Canadian' like.
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Stevo21
Rude fans are not indigenous to Boston -- ever been to Philadelphia or New York? How about Montreal, where more than a fair share of Canadiens fans actually boo the American national anthem? The a-holes you might have come across don't represent all of us. I don't condone their behavior but don't be so callous as to paint us all with the same brush.

And please, please, please go back into your blog and erase the word "allegedly" from your description of Alex Burrows' biting incident. There is no "allegedly" about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YsCHbg6B1k

And there is a difference between having your head down and following the play, which is what Horton was doing. Rome hit him a full second after he released the puck, leaving the ice, driving a shoulder into Horton's head and raising his elbow. Yeah, nothing dirty there.

I had a lot of respect for the Canucks -- until this series started and I got a chance to see how much of a dirty, diving, whining team they really are. Burrows and LaPierre have spent more time on their backs than half the hookers in Vancouver. There's a reason the majority of players in the NHL do not want to see the Canucks win.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/canucks-have-become-nhls-mo...

They may be beloved in British Columbia, but there's not a whole lot of love outside your province.
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Joe Gill
Just in case you think all Vancouver fans are saints

http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2011/06/07/milan-...
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John Harris
Please, for the love of God, Charlie Smith, make references to actual real stories when you talk about them. Please show me an interview where the person says he was "urinated on". Or the parents of the boy who got "elbowed". I'm dying to see those, but can't find any actual truth on it anywhere on the interweb. There were 0, count them 0 police or TD Garden security reports filed related to fan violence. Everything except for actual interviews and witnessed accounts are hearsay.

I watched a video about the "violence" in Boston toward your fans. Girls commented on pepper being thrown at them. Oh. My. God. PEPPER!!! Now, the Vancouver fans are twisting that story to say that pepper SPRAY was thrown on their fans. Give me a break. And the story about the man getting attacked in the cab? Funny they left out the part where eye witnesses said that the Vancouver fan "had one too many" and was "verbally assaulting" Bruin fans from inside the cab.

Funny how you left out the part that three of your own police officers were sent to the hospital by your own fans outside of Rogers arena.
http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/238050--three-officers-injure... Or the story about Milan Lucic's parents and uncle were assaulted in your arena. (a much documented story).

Of course when you have hockey players in Vancouver diving all over the ice and acting like divas with their embellishment, the fan base follows closely after.
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John Harris
Your comment on racism and desegregation is laughable. The FIRST African American NHL player, Willie O'Ree played for no other than who?

Man Charlie, that's a pretty ignorant point you made. If I could, I would piss all over this article. :))
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Roger_Cichoski
Yeah, well you may want to tell all of what you said to the Vancouver fans that "visited" San Jose for the WCF. they took over our establishments, mocked anyone wearing Teal, and, in general, were the class portrait of "hockey snobs," swearing and yelling at Sharks fans so loud that they made me want to throw them out myselves. Moral? Don't act like an asshat in someone else's house. You have to give respect to get it.
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Stephanie C
After the defeat of their team to the Montreal Canadiens last february, Canucks fans in the Rogers Arena remained courteous & polite. Wearing the Habs jersey I even got congrats & high fives!

Stay Classy Vancouver
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Martin Dunphy
Joe Gill:

They weren't booing Luongo. They were cheering him on (yes, by twirling their towels too) and saying "Don't worry about it, man". It's similar to when a soccer player is substituted during a game. It's a vote of confidence.
And the look he gave the interviewer was one of disgust for A.) Even asking that question, and B.) not realizing what I'm about to tell you below.
They were chanting "LUUUUUUUUUU".
Not "Booooo".
Seriously, where have you been for the past few years?

You have a nice day.


And Steveo21:

That link you supplied that allegedly showed that the "majority" of NHL players hate the Canucks?
The article quoted a grand total of THREE NHL players: one a no-talent loser, another one who is bitter about being traded to the worst team in the NHL and who won't make the playoffs ever again in his career, and another whiner who got knocked out by the Canucks in the first round.
Quality reference, that, by a writer from Toronto, home of the most jealous fans in the NHL.

You have a nice day too.
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Candid Canadian
Joe Gill, John Harris you both amply encompass what Canadians on the west all want to change in the American South version of the NHL it's called sensibility, toughness, & skill .... classless is left for American teams from the South who bellow at others classlessness, you know the ones who come to do the things they do to Vancouver fans of the game, Vancouver has more class than Boston every will why that's just a give considering our family if from Manitoba and dont live there we've plenty of friends and family that do, and just like the comment says above we "even in Manitoba" embrace all aspects of the games competitors & fans, Vancouver fans they do not urinate on fans, dont assault fans, and just in case you're stuck with rabbit ears receiving your news signal from or rather maybe not getting enough accurate information about all the actual facts about your column in your local rag, change the channel once and awhile or rather do everyone some factual favors down in Boston search out on google Boston fan urinates, just because no one filed a criminal complaint or did not show a wet spot on a pair of pants or shoes sure the heck doesn't mean it never happened, what we have is Boston berating Vancouver players and fans to try and stir the pot to get a win it's pathetic, if ya google some of the key points in your column Joe Gill, it's clearly one of those plain as day things that shows your lack diligence in researching factual information, Boston fans should simple due what grandpa & grandma used to wisely say, "If you haven't a nice thing to say, keep it to yourself, or Shut Up!" tried, tested, a hardily true reflection of how Boston fans "SHOULD" behave ..... but clearly don't! I believe Boston if you want respect your don't do it by force your earn it, Stop your complaining Gill you've got plenty of bad apples sitting on the bench in Boston, who've continuely spit in the face of the games integrity, we've got the clips of Ferrence, Lucic, Kracji, McQuade, Paille, Rechi all embellishing calls. Joe Gill should come to BC and try his luck here with his prepared speech attached to his clipboard come right downtown for everyone to see, and wait for the proper reaction to follow, man up Joe Gill come to Vancouver with all your trash talk! Bring the rest of your fan club it'll be an awesome party we'll all enjoy watching on the west coast! Joe Gill maybe you should write about how Colin's son is playing in Boston and how Daddy is trying his hardest to get his boy and his teammates the cup by peddling disciplinary actions... maybe a paid referee here and there down south ... mmm now there's an article worth actual finding some facts about, the rest of your TRASH talk is merely that ... "TRASH"!!!
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KiDDAA Magazine
Well the Bruins are going to lose so the rest is irrelevant. Americans for the most part could care less about hockey but losing in the finals like Boston is what we call in Punjabi bastee. Read the raw and unvarnished truth about Erwin Singh Braich, Jay Sean and the Canucks at www.kiddaa.com

Canuck fans including in Surrey have been excited and well behaved what more can you ask for.
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Daniel
Maxim Lapierre is easily one of the most disgusting players to ever shame the NHL http://youtu.be/plsD3deR6TU
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Joe Gill
Candid Canadian:

Every hear of paragraphs?
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