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27 years since Vancouver Canucks lost Stanley Cup to New York Rangers

Last Updated Jun 14, 2021 at 10:00 am PDT

Members of a large crowd gathered in downtown Vancouver disperse after being tear gassed by Vancouver police June 14, 1994. Riot police moved in after thousands gathered following the Vancouver Canucks defeat against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final in New York. (CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody)
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Vancouver Canucks lost to the New York Rangers 3-2 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden on June 14, 1994

1994 Stanley Cup loss sparked a massive riot in downtown Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – June 14 marks a difficult day for many Vancouver Canucks fans.

It’s been 27 years since the team was defeated in a heartbreaking Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Canucks lost to the New York Rangers 3-2 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden.

It was the Rangers’ first Cup in 54 years. New York hasn’t won since.

A riot erupted after the 1994 defeat, sending tens of thousands of people flooding into Vancouver’s downtown core. Damages were estimated to be more than $1 million, and about 200 people were hurt in the chaos.

The anniversary comes just one day before another painful Canucks loss. Vancouver made it back to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 but once again lost, this time to the Boston Bruins.