A North Vancouver man will have plenty of time to catch Canucks games at home after being sentenced for his role in the 2011 Stanley Cup hockey riot.
Mark Blyth, 23, was sentenced last week in Vancouver provincial court to two months of house arrest in his parents’ home and two months under a court-ordered curfew of 10 p.m. after pleading guilty to participating in a riot. Blyth will also have to complete 80 hours of community service and serve eight months probation.
Blyth was at ground zero as the riot was instigated following the Canuck’s Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins on June 15, 2011.
“He was involved in the flipping of a (Nissan) Versa at the Live Site. This was the first vehicle that was destroyed in the riot,” said Crown spokeswoman Samantha Hulme.
After the vehicle was overturned, Blyth stood on it, kicked it, and threw a lawn chair and car bumper at it before watching other rioters torch a nearby car. He then took the SeaBus home.
“He did not turn himself in. He was identified by tipsters and arrested by police,” Hulme added.
He has no prior criminal record and does hold a steady job, Hulme noted.
Blyth has also been named in a civil suit connected to the riot launched by ICBC to recover more than $500,000 in damages paid out to clients whose cars were destroyed.
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