Jun 142011
 

Gutless – lacking courage or determination.

Unclassy – lacking in good taste or sense; crude.

Both of these terms have been tossed back and forth between the Vancouver and Boston camps since the beginning of the Stanley Cup Final. They’ve been used so often and so stupidly that for many people, the words have lost their venom. Even the supposedly “unbiased” media is jumping on the wagon of name-calling, labelling the Sedin Twins “Thelma and Louise” (Mike Milbury, NBC/Versus) or calling the Canucks a bunch of classless, gutless brutes (Barry Rozner, Daily Herald).

It’s pretty apparent that the Canucks and their fans are more often the culprits of these accusations compared to the Bruins, who time and time again are coming off as the victims, despite HNIC calling the series’ officiating in favour of the Bruins and the countless horror stories from Canucks fans brave enough to go to Boston.

What’s disgusted me is how this whole series has spiralled into a savage show of brutality, finger-pointing, whining and name calling from both cities. Is this really what hockey has come down to? 

A grown man elbowing a nine-year-old boy in the head for wearing a Canucks jersey?

Or Canucks fans calling Milan Lucic’s parents at all hours of the night to swear at them?

Some parents should be more concerned about their own terrible behaviour rubbing off on their children rather than that of the players’ on the ice.

The lowest point in this entire series so far is what happened in Game 6 when Mason Raymond went down awkwardly into the boards and laid on the ice while Boston fans cheered, clapped and chanted. Then while Raymond’s limp body was carried off the ice by his teammates, fans in TD Garden actually booed.

Today it was revealed Raymond has fractured vertebrae in his back and will be out 3-4 months.

Fans across the NHL know that you never boo an injured player off the ice no matter how much you hate the opposing team. It’s the epitome of bad taste, or “unclassy” behaviour if you want to recycle some redundant terminology. It was a disgusting, embarrassing show of behaviour at TD Garden, and yes, I did actually expect more from Boston fans despite the shame spiral this series has turned into.

Even NHL Connected had something to say about this today:

“Bruins fans: how do you feel now after the merciless booing you rained down upon Raymond as he struggled on the ice with a broken back?”

And somehow Vancouver is the classless city of the two? Really? Because when Horton went down in Boston, fans watching on the JumboTron at Rogers Arena applauded in support when he left the ice.

Today @lizzmoffat tweeted: “When Horton was hit everyone at the Rogers (Arena) viewing party clapped him off. Boston booed off MayRay. I think that says a lot.”

Vancouver has a reason to be very upset with Boston’s performance last night. It didn’t matter who was hurt; an injured player should never be booed off the ice, especially not a harmless Mason Raymond who hasn’t done anything to garner hatred in Bean Town.

Some Twitter reactions to the incident:

Sportswriter Joe Haggerty: “One thing I can confidently say I didn’t like tonight: Bruins crowd yelling at Mason Raymond while he was seriously hurt on the ice. Brutal.”

From Nanaimo, BC: @Tambellini_Girl: “What’s more “classless” than making fun of Raymond while he’s hurt on the ice? I’ve never hated other team’s fans until yesterday.”

From Montreal: @MALaviolette: “’Mason Raymond out with fractured vertebrae’ »»» I wonder if the booing Bruins fans feel cheap now. #classless #bruins

From Denver, Colorado: @Greg69Sheryl: “Mason Raymond suffered a fractured vertebra – Now I’m more embarrassed about the behavior of #Bruins fans in Game 6.”

I could go on, but what’s the point? There’s one more game left to play in this series, and I have to admit that despite how much I love hockey, I can’t wait for it to be over for a while. Obviously I hope that Vancouver walks away with its first Stanley Cup in franchise history, but another part of me is glad the series will be finished after all the continuously ruthless crap going on between the two cities.

I don’t think the good name of hockey (or what’s left of it) can afford any more incidents like this if the sport is going to walk away with any scrap of dignity after Wednesday.

Normally I’d end this kind of post with “stay classy” but what’s the point? That ship sailed a long time ago.

So I’ll end with what every Canucks fan is thinking, and what every Bruins fan should be admitting:

We hope you’ll be okay, Raymond. See you next season.

  • Murphy

    Do I teach them be universal anti-nationalists who question mob mentality, collective identities and any other kind of inclusion/exclusion ideologies? You better believe it.

  • Murphy

    Do I teach them be universal anti-nationalists who question mob mentality, collective identities and any other kind of inclusion/exclusion ideologies? You better believe it.

  • Schorert

    I shall add “youtube” to the list of vancouver whines! 
    Bad Ice
    Bad Refs
    Bad league
    Bad media
    Bad opponent
    Bad opponents city
    Bad opponents fans
    Bad opponents goalie
    Bad Bar owners
    and now Bad video hosting site.

    Anything else? Bad airport? wait, Bad hotels?  ooooh bad equipment manufacturers?  Bruins hockey gloves taste bad?  Hard to believe you guys made it to the cup with the whole freaking world against ya.

  • Hayden

    Again, you are making a giant assumption thinking that I am a Canuck fan.  If you’d quit your whining about Vancouver and their fans for a moment, you’d notice that I’m not taking a stance on either side.

    I just wanted hockey.  I just want hockey.  None of this on ice/off ice soap opera bullshit, he said/he whined/he bit/he taunted/he dove/he’s a thug/he’s a pussy bullshit.  Is that too much to ask from a HOCKEY fan?

  • Schorert

    typical of a canucks fan…there you go again.  hahhaa sorry I couldn’t resist.  I hope we see a game tonight!  Hope nucks and B’s fans have a great game 7 to watch!

  • Hayden

    Typical of a Bruins fan.  *poke poke poke*  Haha!  I couldn’t resist either. :P

    Agreed!

  • Goalsinmotion

    I started watching this series as a Vancouver fan, but because of the bias announcing, Boston is the gutter and with the teams effort to attract cheap and fake penalties. Vancouver was like the Italian Soccer team holding their knees. I was disgusted! Then the cheap hit at the blue line at the start of game three, rendering a player unconscious. It wasn’t enough to be winning the series and being the favorites, they started to go after players too. This is followed by shti talk from Luongo. I bet there are a lot of new Boston fans like myself. As for the hit on Raymond, I wish a full recovery, it’s was terrible to watch!

  • Goalsinmotion

    I started watching this series as a Vancouver fan, but because of the bias announcing, Boston is the gutter and with the teams effort to attract cheap and fake penalties. Vancouver was like the Italian Soccer team holding their knees. I was disgusted! Then the cheap hit at the blue line at the start of game three, rendering a player unconscious. It wasn’t enough to be winning the series and being the favorites, they started to go after players too. This is followed by shti talk from Luongo. I bet there are a lot of new Boston fans like myself. As for the hit on Raymond, I wish a full recovery, it’s was terrible to watch!

  • Martin

    great writing! Being a Canucks fan from Switzerland, I was shocked by the Boston fans’ behaviour. Never have I seen anything similar in any professional sports. Sports should be fun. But speaking from an emotional point of view, this series has gone terribly wrong

  • Saratogabeach

    Well I for one was very proud of our Canuck’s fans tonight standing and cheering as the cup was presented to the Boston Bruins Team. Not one bit of booing did I hear anyway.

    Am I sad our team didn’t win… sure I am but just THINK we are the 2nd best team in all of North America!! I believe in them and I am still a fan.

    I would love to see all commentary shows dropped by all of the media stations. I am tired of all the hot air flying around from these people who think they are the king of the so called experts.

    I wish the team and staff a trip some where warm and relaxing before training starts once again.
    Best Warm reguards to all those suffering from injuries.

    Boooo to those fans starting fires downtown tonight!!!

  • Schorert

    um, yeah, we’ll enjoy picking our asses and slinging shit at one another at our victory parade.  while your city cleans up from your classy car-burning-pep-rally on the streets of vancouver…”goonery loving morons” might best describe the scenes we’re seeing on tv.  You’ve met the enemy, and the enemy is you…

  • Billdog

    Nice job by the Vancouver trainers who were with Raymond on the ice…..what a joke.   If they had any sense ie a suspicion of a more serious injury they would of had paramedics out there with a backboard and stretcher immediately. That’s what those asshams are paid for. And Genius, Horton was not holding his arms up to get up off the ice…thats called a fencing response or abnormal posturing following a concussion or other head injury..Don Cherry is a god.

  • Schorert

    I hope todays blog is “Since when is Losing a game something to trash your own city over”. 
    All of you self-righteous whiners in here, complaining about the refs, the league, the ice, the bruins and worst of all their FANS should be absolutely humiliated.  The greasy way your team plays is obviously only a reflection of a totally classless city.  No honor at all.  I read last night that a bruins fan was stabbed…enjoy your moral highground.
    The only story related to the stanley cup, after half an hour of national news, is cars burning in the streets of vancouver…surrounded by people in canucks jerseys. Oh Canada, indeed.

  • Schorert

    “I don’t think the good name of hockey (or what’s left of it) can afford any more incidents like this if the sport is going to walk away with any scrap of dignity after Wednesday.Normally I’d end this kind of post with “stay classy” but what’s the point? That ship sailed a long time ago.” -Katie Maxmick
    Katie Maxmick….How are these words tasting right now?  Your classy fans are all OVER the news in the US.  you have the absolute GALL to look down your nose at Bruins fans?  YOU are the blogging equivalent of Roberto Luongo, you open your mouth, and almost by prophecy, you have to swallow those words down again.  
    Will your next blog mention a bruins fan STABBED on the streets of vancouver after the game?  Will your blog mention burning cars? assaulting police? Looting?  Where do YOU get the BALLS to wag your finger at Boston?
    “Gutless-The play of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley cup finals
    Unclassy- Vancouvers great FANS after game 7

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com/ J.J. Guerrero

    You’re damn right.  We called those hooligans out.

    And by the way, if you had actually read the whole post instead of picking and choosing parts that fit your argument, you’ll read that Katie called out Canucks fans for their crap too.

  • Not A Canucks Fan

    I was only refering to when the hit occured. Please don’t change what I said. Horton’s hit looked significantly worse than Raymond’s. By the way, I did go to school. Thanks for asking! 

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