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Fans throw drinks on the ice after penalty call on Pettersson


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Sam Jones
May 17, 2024  (7:59)
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In an event that has stirred controversy and splashes of outrage, the Vancouver Canucks' latest game took an unexpected turn when Elias Pettersson received a highly debatable charging penalty.

This incident not only stripped the Canucks of a powerplay advantage but also ignited a fiery response from the fans present at the arena.
The chaos ensued during a tense moment when Oilers forward Warren Foegele attempted to maneuver past Pettersson. In a reactionary defense, Pettersson executed a reverse hit, knocking Foegele to the ice—a move that typically would not lead to a charging call. The referees' decision to assess this penalty led to an uproar among the spectators. Videos and reactions quickly populated social media, capturing fans throwing their drinks onto the ice in protest, with echoes of discontent resonating through the stadium. This visual and vocal dissatisfaction was widely shared online, including notable posts on platforms like X at
While Pettersson was led to the penalty box, bewildered and frustrated, the arena staff demonstrated remarkable efficiency, swiftly clearing the ice and preventing any significant delay in the game. This rapid response hinted at a preparedness possibly stemming from past experiences with fan disruptions. Amidst the cleanup, a stern announcement reverberated throughout the venue, warning that any further misconduct involving object throwing could lead to ejection or even arrest, a sentiment echoed by further reports on X at.
This is not the first time fan behavior has put the Canucks in a delicate position. The absence of an outdoor viewing party for the team's playoff games this season can be traced back to a lingering wariness within city officials about potential disturbances. The Vancouver mayor has openly cited the city's tumultuous history with public gatherings during crucial Canucks games as a significant reason for this caution.
The implications of these repeated incidents are severe, not just for the fans who may face bans but for the entire community's spirit and engagement with their team. If the trend of throwing objects during games continues, it could indefinitely put an end to public celebrations and gatherings, significantly altering how fans interact with the sport they passionately follow.
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MAY 17   |   35 ANSWERS
Fans throw drinks on the ice after penalty call on Pettersson

Did you agree with the decision to impose a fine on Pettersson?

Yes, it was a penalty2365.7 %
No, it was a clean reverse hit1028.6 %
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