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New documentary about 2011 Vancouver Canucks riot gets air date

The film, covering one of Vancouver's (and the Canucks') darkest moments, will be broadcast this summer
A riot broke out on June 15, 2011, after the Canucks lost their bid for the Stanley Cup. A new ESPN documentary about the incident will air in June.

Almost exactly 13 years after it happened an ESPN documentary is airing about the 2011 riot that followed the Vancouver Canucks loss in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins on June 15, 2011 sparked the infamous riot which left businesses looted, cars destroyed and the downtown core in shambles.

Now ESPN's famed 30 for 30 series is looking at the incident.

I'm Just Here for the Riot is the work of Asia Youngman (who made This Ink Runs Deep about Indigenous tattoo artists) and Kathleen Jayme (who's delved into Vancouver's sports world twice with The Grizzlie Truth, and Finding Big Country).

First announced in March 2023 as part of the upcoming 30 for 30 season, the documentary film looks at the aftermath of the event, which was captured by local media, social media users, and Vancouver authorities.

"From the mob mentality in the streets to similar vengeance in the online hunting of those responsible, it is a dark moment in the city’s history," reads the description of the riot in the ESPN documentary's write-up.

While the documentary has been shown as part of local film festivals, it hasn't been broadcast yet.

It will be shown on ESPN on June 4 at 4:30 p.m. PDT. It will also be streaming on ESPN+, which isn't available in Canada.