Vancouver Police are congratulating the Canucks and their fans on a safe and successful Game 1 playoff win.

“Thousands of people packed the streets around Rogers Arena last night, and many more watched the game from bars and restaurants throughout the city,” says Sergeant Steve Addison. “We’re proud of all the fans who celebrated responsibly and helped make Game 1 a positive experience.”

Vancouver Police deployed officers around Rogers Arena and in the downtown core prior to Game 1, on Sunday, to greet fans and promote a safe, fun, and family-friendly atmosphere. Officers interacted with fans inside and outside the arena, conducted traffic patrols throughout the city, and maintained a visible police presence in the Granville Entertainment District after the game.

“While the atmosphere was safe and festive throughout the night, our officers also responded to several incidents related to people who had consumed too-much alcohol and were creating an unsafe environment for other fans,” says Sergeant Addison, adding that one person was arrested for public intoxication and causing a disturbance near the arena.

“Excess consumption of liquor often leads to disorder, fights, and other violence that impacts everyone’s safety and ability to enjoy the festivities. We remind everyone to consume your liquor at home or in a licensed establishment, but not on your walk to the game.”

Vancouver Police will continue to deploy additional police officers throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs to support a safe experience for everyone.