SURREY, B.C. -- Mass public celebrations are banned in Vancouver during the Canucks' run for the 2012 Stanley Cup, but the party is on in neighbouring Surrey.
Mayor Dianne Watts says thousands of people celebrated peacefully while watching playoff games on giant screens during last year's playoffs and Surrey intends to repeat the outdoor events if the Canucks once again advance to the final.
She says the cost is minimal to set up the screens at several locations around Surrey and although policing costs will be a little higher, those RCMP officers would be on duty, anyway.
A riot erupted in downtown Vancouver last year when as many as 100,000 people crowded into the city to watch Game Seven of the Stanley Cup final, which the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins.
Vancouver officials have banned similar gatherings this year, saying smaller celebrations will be held at community centres around the city.
The Vancouver Canucks host the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday to launch round one of the Western Conference playoffs.