2011 Stanley Cup Riot

Stanley Cup Riot 2011 


Stanley Cup Riot 2011

October 14, 2015 - Riot Website No Longer Needed

As the last remaining cases work their way through the courts, the VPD Riot website is no longer live.

June 13, 2014 - Riot Investigation: Three Years Later

It has been three years since the June 15th, 2011 Stanley Cut Riot and the VPD continues to forward reports to Crown recommending charges. More

August 16, 2013 - Man Wanted After Failing to Appear on Riot Charges

Police are asking for the public's assistance to locate a man after he failed to appear for court on charges related to the Stanley Cut riot. More

July 23, 2013 - IRIT Recommends Charges Against 350th Suspected Rioter

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT) is fulfilling its promise to charge 350 suspected rioters by the end of summer. More

June 14, 2013 - Riot Investigation Update

It has been two years since the June 15th, 2011 Stanley Cut Riot. The VPD has not forgotten the commitment made to the victims and the residents of Vancouver and investigators continue to work very closely with Crown Counsel in putting their best cases forward to the courts. More

April 24, 2013 - Ten More Facing Riot-Related Charges

It has been almost two years, but the VPD has not forgotten the commitment made to the victims and the residents of Vancouver. More

March 13, 2013 - Rioters Show Contempt for Court Orders

Twenty-five per cent of those convicted following their involvement in the Stanley Cup Riot are now showing contempt for the courts by ignoring judges' orders. More

December 21,2012 - Round 10 of Recommended Charges

Inspector Laurence Rankin announced that another 168 criminal charges have been recommended against 40 more rioters, bringing the total to 1040 recommended charges against 315 rioters. More

September 26, 2012 - More Charges Recommended in Riot Investigation

Today, 200 criminal charges were recommended against 50 more rioters. More

June 15, 2012 - Crown Approves More Charges

This morning, Crown has approved 25 more charges against 10 suspected rioters, bringing the total to 301 criminal charges against 114 suspected rioters. More

June 12, 2012 - Top 10 Most Wanted Unidentified Rioters

Chief Constable Chu: I am pleased to announce that later this afternoon the Integrated Riot Investigation Team will be delivering additional charges to Crown; 82 more charges will be recommended against 25 suspected rioters. More

May 29, 2012 - Nineteen More Charges and a Guilty Plea

Crown has approved 19 more charges against seven more suspected rioters. More

May 10, 2012 - Twelve More Charges Against Six Suspected Rioters

This morning, Crown has approved 12 more charges against six suspected rioters, bringing the total to 238 criminal charges against 91 suspected rioters. More

May 4, 2012 - Recommended Charges Against 200th Rioter

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team has reached another milestone and recommended charges against our 200th rioter. More

April 22, 2012 - Salmon Arm Resident Arrested in Connection With Riot

Charges of participating in a riot, mischief and arson were recommended by the Integrated Riot Investigation Team and later approved by Crown against Andrew Comber for his role in the riot. More

April 18, 2012 - Police Board Presentation

Inspector Les Yeo, Commander of the Integrated Riot Investigation Team, gave a presentation to the Police Board today. More

April 11, 2012 - Eighteen More Charges for Rioters

With the start of the 2012 hockey playoffs, we are re-affirming our commitment to the victims of last year's Stanley Cup rio has not lessened. More

March 29, 2012 - Crown Approves Ten More Charges

Crown has approved ten more charges against three suspected rioters, bringing the total to 207 criminal charges against 78 suspected rioters. More

March 20, 2012 - Eleven More Charges Approved for Five Suspected Rioters

This morning, Crown has approved 11 more charges against five suspected rioters, bringing the total to 197 criminal charges against 75 suspected rioters. More

March 14, 2012 - Nine More Charges Against Four Suspected Rioters

This morning, Crown has approved nine more charges against four suspected rioters, bringing the total to 186 criminal charges against 71 suspected rioters. More

March 9, 2012 - Riot Round-Up 2 a Sucess

"Seventy-thousand posters handed out across 19 cities in 75 locations, by over 400 volunteers and police officers in less than 12 hours, has left a lot of rioters nervous," says Team Commander, Inspector Les Yeo. More

March 8, 2012 - 70,000 Posters of Suspected Rioters to Hit the Street

"This morning we are launching a major poster campaign that will blanket the region with posters featuring 100 rioters." More

March 5, 2012 - Riot Investigators Launch Second Poster Campaign

At the corner of Davie and Nicola Streets, the first poster on a transit shelter was revealed by Inspector Les Yeo. More

February 23, 2012 - Help Catch a Rioter! Police Looking for Volunteers March 8th

Eight months have passed since the June 15th hockey riots. On March 8th, we need your help to send a strong message to the victims of the riot and the outraged citizens of our community, that we still care. More

February 23, 2012 - Five More Suspected Rioters Facing 13 Charges

Today, Crown has approved 13 charges against five more suspected rioters. More

February 16, 2012 - First Rioter Sentenced, More Charges Approved

"It's a victory for the victims," says Chief Constable Jim Chu, referring to the first sentence given to a rioter. More

February 13, 2012 - Video Released of Officer Assaulted During Riot

Inspector Les Yeo: "Our pursuit continues. This morning we delivered Round 4 to Crown Counsel, recommending 70 criminal charges against 25 more suspected rioters." More

February 8, 2012 - Thirteen More Charges Against Four Suspected Rioters

Today, Crown approved 13 more charges against four suspected rioters. More

February 1, 2012 - Response To New Riot Investigation Website

The launch of the new IRIT website riot2011.vpd.ca and the release of 250 new pictures has been highly successful, thanks to the media coverage. More

January 31, 2012 - IRIT Launches New Website and Releases Video of Assault

"Today is the day that 250 rioters have been dreading." More

January 25, 2012 - More Charges Approved Against Another Eight Suspected Rioters

Crown has approved 26 more charges against eight suspected rioters, bringing the total to 103 charges against 38 people. More

January 17, 2012 - Charges Recommended Against 100th Rioter

Round 3 of recommended charges was delivered to Crown today, with 63 more charges against 20 suspected rioters. More

January 9, 2012 - First Charges of 2012

The first charges for 2012 have been approved by Crown today against two suspected rioters. More

December 28, 2011 - Crown Counsel Approves Charges

Crown Counsel has approved charges against another suspected rioter. More

December 19, 2011 - IRIT Recommends 52 Charges to Crown Counsel

Today, we have recommended to Crown 52 charges against 20 more suspected rioters. More

December 16, 2011 - IRIT Statement Regarding BC Supreme Court Decision

A court ruling came down today, quashing our application for a production order. More

December 7, 2011 - VPD Fugitive Task Force Helps Arrest Suspected Rioters

Members from the Vancouver Police Fugitive Task Force have been brought in to assist with arrests of those hard-to-find individuals who think they can evade charges. More

November 30, 2011 - Crown Counsel Approves First Wave of Charges

Sixty-one charges have now been approved against 25 rioters. More

November 21, 2011 - Update: Riot Round-Up An Outstanding Success

Investigators have received 93 tips from the public on 48 people on the Riot Round-Up poster. More

November 16, 2011 - Update: Public Response to Riot Round-Up Poster

"We've been receiving tips all afternoon regarding the photos in the poster." More

November 16, 2011 - Riot Round-Up Poster Campaign

In a one-day blitz of the city, Vancouver Police will put a poster with pictures of 104 suspected rioters into the hands of more than 35,000 people. More

October 31, 2011 - Vancouver Police Recommend 163 Charges Against 60 Suspected Rioters

Chief Constable Jim Chu: On the night of June 15th, thousands of people committed criminal acts, destroying property, stealing property, and assaulting those who got in their way. More

October 17, 2011 - IRIT Team Back from LEVA Lab in Indianapolis

Twenty-four new photos were posted to the website and Inspector Les Yeo gave an update of the riot investigation. More

October 6, 2011 - Deputy Chief LePard Gives Investigation Update

"We have another dirty dozen for you today as we add more photos to our website." More

October 4, 2011 - The Legal Traps of Rushing to Justice - Q&A

Many people are unhappy that several months have passed without a rioter being charged. More

September 28, 2011 - IRIT Investigators Serving Warrants on Media Outlets for Riot Footage

"We are on track to deliver 40 charges to Crown by October 31st," says Team Commander Les Yeo. More

September 21, 2011 - 70 Riot Suspects Have Turned Themselves In: New Photos Released

Since June 15th, 70 suspected rioters have turned themselves in to police. More

September 15, 2011 - 12 More Photos Added to Website

Another 12 suspect photos have been added to the riot website today. More

September 8, 2011 - New Suspect Photos Added to Riot Website

IRIT investigators added 11 new photos to the riot website today. More

September 6, 2011 - Vancouver Police Release Internal Riot Review

Chief Constable Jim Chu spoke to the press about the release of the Vancouver Police 2011 Stanley Cup Riot Review.

September 2, 2011 - More Riot Suspects Contacting Police

Six more people have come forward and have either turned themselves in or are in the process of doing so. More

September 1, 2011 - Chief Constable Responds to Riot Review

Chief Constable Jim Chu responded to the independent review (part one | part two) by John Furlong and Douglas Keefe released today. More

August 31, 2011 - Community Support Swells for Riot Investigation

One-hundred-and-forty new tips have come in since the launch of the riot2011.vpd.ca website. More

August 30, 2011 - Riot Website Getting Thousands of Hits

The new riot2011.vpd.ca website has received nearly 2200 hits per hour since the launch of the site early today. More

August 30, 2011 - Investigators Launch New Website

IRIT investigators have launched a new website to attempt to identify more suspected rioters. ...More

August 17, 2011 - VPD to Use LEVA to Speed Up Video Processing

Chief Constable Jim Chu: It has been two months almost to the day since our city was victimized by hundreds of thugs and rioters and no one is more frustrated than I am that every last one of them is not before the courts or in prison as we speak. ... More

July 20, 2011 - Update, Statistics

The investigative team is in place and comprised of 50 police officer and civilian experts from around the region. There are many challenges in this investigation, not the least of which is the sheer amount of evidence and information that must be painstakingly analyzed to ensure a complete and thorough investigation. ... More

July 6, 2011 - Weekly Update

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team is continuing to pore over thousands of images from the June 15th riot. In an effort to streamline the investigation further, a new email address for submissions from the public has been created at riot@vpd.ca... More

June 28, 2011 - Update on Investigation

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team is steadily moving forward in the process of sorting through thousands of pieces of information and photos related to the riot. ... More

June 23, 2011 - Vancouver Police Department Statement

Vancouver Police released a statement regarding police response during the riot.

June 22, 2011 - I.R.I.T. Update - More People Turn Themselves In

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team (I.R.I.T.) looking into the June 15th riot has expanded with the addition of 15 members from the RCMP. With the addition of these RCMP officers, the VPD lead team is now comprised of more than 30 police officers from around the region.

To date, 18 people have turned themselves in to investigators and more charges are expected in coming days.

June 21, 2011: All- Staff Memo from Chief Constable Chu

A memo written by Chief Constable Jim Chu to all VPD staff was released.

Retired Deputy Chief Steve Sweeney wrote an opinion piece.

June 20, 2011: Vancouver Police led Integrated Riot Investigation Team Calls for Rioters to Turn Themselves In

The Vancouver Police led Integrated Riot Investigation Team has been created to launch a massive and unprecedented investigation designed to identify and apprehend those responsible for criminal acts following the final game of the Stanley Cup.


Fact Sheet

June 17, 2011: Chief Constable Jim Chu Thanks First Responders, Public

Chief Constable Jim Chu expresses his thanks to VPD officers, other local police agencies and first responders, and the general public for their efforts during the riot, and for the outpouring of appreciation that the VPD has received in the days since.

Read an officer's front line perspective on the riot.

June 17, 2011: Responses to Your Tips

Due to an overwhelming response replies to tips have been delayed. Please submit and then hold on to all your evidence and we will get back to every person as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your efforts and concern.

June 16, 2011: Statement by Chief Constable Jim Chu


VPD Arrest Stats

  • 85 for breach of the peace (now released)
  • 8 for public intoxication (now released)
  • 8 criminal Code arrests for crimes including theft, mischief, assault with a weapon, break and enter
    • two people were charged in connection with a stabbing - they were due in court this afternoon
    • four people were released with a future court date
    • two cases - not enough evidence to proceed

Multiple investigations are currently underway into the criminal activities of the people responsible for looting and mischief in the downtown core overnight.


The response from the public wanting to help the police identify the individuals involved in criminal activity that occurred after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals on the night of June 15, 2011 was tremendous.

We are grateful for everyone’s help and assistance – both in providing video/photo evidence of criminal offences and tips to identify suspects involved in the riot. To date, 300 people have been charged for their involvement in the Stanley Cup Riot.