Brawl in the stands at Edmonton Oilers game caught on video
A video posted on Twitter of a brawl breaking out between Edmonton Oiler Fans and Vancouver Canucks fans at Rogers Place in Edmonton has generated some online discussion.
In the video, a man wearing a Connor McDavid jersey can be seen flying across a row of seats, while other people in the stands begin to throw punches and pull at each other's jerseys.
The video was first posted by TSN1040 reporter Jeff Paterson, who wrote on Twitter that there was some taunting going on before things started to escalate.
I saw the build up. Didn’t record it. No question there was some taunting going on. Sort of fizzled after the video, didn’t it. Just liked the action shot of ‘McDavid’ coming over three rows!— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) December 1, 2019
The brawl happened at the end of the game on Sunday night, where the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2.
Yeah the canucks and Oilers will do that to ya— Brandon Cowie (@BC_Leafsfan) December 1, 2019
A spokesperson with the Oilers Entertainment Group told CTV News that security arrived within minutes of the incident occurring, and that some guests were evicted from the building.
"We do see, from time to time, crowds that are more rambunctious and active when we play Canadian or division rival teams. As you know, our market is passionate about hockey and about the Oilers," the OEG's Tim Shipton wrote in a statement to CTV News.
Some people have made it clear that they are sick of the 'passion' that is displayed by fans at the Rogers Place Arena.
That was right by our seats. The Canucks fans were pretty obnoxious and rude. You missed about 3 minutes of buildup. And I say that as a Canucks fan!— MH (@CanucksFan980) December 1, 2019
The incident seems to be the norm between Edmonton Oilers fans and Vancouver Canucks fans, whose teams are rivals.
This just brings up flashbacks to when my friend was accidentally hit from behind by a drunken buffoon and sailed down 5 rows of seats. Similarly, not usher or security was anywhere to be found. I sure hope @rogersplace makes changes to how they operate before someone dies!— Peter Fortna (@peterfortna) December 1, 2019
One Twitter user wrote in response to the video that they won't go to games at the arena anymore due to notoriously rowdy behaviour.
Exact reason I don’t take my kids to @EdmontonOilers games anymore. We are @Canucks fans and if my daughters wear their jerseys @EdmontonOilers Oilers fans do nothing but cursing and swearing or just plain rude. #NoFun— R.Gorst (@DonGorf) December 1, 2019
The video of the brawl comes after weeks of discussions over alleged toxic behaviour in Canada's hockey scene.
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