Recchi wins Cup, loses sign to thief
Perhaps he was a Mark Recchi fan.
Maybe he was really upset that Recchi’s Bruins beat Vancouver for the Stanley Cup.
Whatever the impetus, someone wearing a Team Canada jersey cut down and stole the Mark Recchi Way street and stop sign at the south end of the Red Bridge at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the sign swindler left in a truck headed north on Mount Paul Way.
And, that was just one of many calls Mounties were busy responding to in the wake of Vancouver’s 4-0 loss in Game 7.
Learned said police responded to about 50 calls, though none rivalling the severity of the riots in Vancouver.
Less than an hour after the game ended, at about 8:40 p.m., police received a report of drunken youths burning a Canucks flag near the cenotaph on Battle Street.
As police arrived on scene, Learned said, six kids were seen fleeing the park on foot. Officers found a burned Canucks towel near the cenotaph. The youths were not located.
Just before 11:30 p.m., a man attempting to perform a BMX stunt for a group of people gathered in the 300-block of Lansdowne Street suffered “significant face trauma,” Learned said, after miscalculating a jump and face-planting on the pavement.
He was taken to hospital for treatment and testing.
The final Canucks-related call came in just after 2 a.m., when witnesses reported seeing two men walking through the area of Eighth Avenue and York Street “knocking over signs and anything not bolted down,” Learned said.
The suspects were not located.
Learned said the number of calls in Kamloops on Wednesday was in line with a typical weekend night.