October 9, 2017 9:37 pm
Updated: October 10, 2017 11:43 am

Hockey fan concerned for safety after witnessing alleged attack

Ryan Pineo said he witnessed a group of Canucks fans attack a group of Oilers fans at Rogers Arena on Saturday night.

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Around 18,000 people attended the Vancouver Canucks season opener on Saturday and left in a good mood after the home team won against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

But one Canucks fan is a little concerned about safety at the stadium after witnessing an alleged attack.

Ryan Pineo said he was on his way back to his seat after the second intermission when he saw a fight break out.

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“I saw about three Oilers fans getting stomped by Canucks fans and then two of them ended up getting away,” he said. “And one of the kids kicking the Oilers fan looked like he was only about 20 years old. And the fan himself didn’t look very old either.”

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Pineo said there was third-party security steps away from the Edmonton fan who was getting kicked.

“In the photo, you can see the one Oilers fan is still standing. Yelling like, ‘Back off and stuff.’ And there’s about four security guards in black standing around just watching it. Two of them were actually laughing.”

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When he tried to help, Pineo said he was kept away from the incident and that it took some time for the issue to be resolved.

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The Vancouver Police Department says it’s aware of the incident.

The Vancouver Canucks says it’s notified its security operations staff who are looking into the incident further.

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