Calgary fans no vigilantes

PABLO FERNANDEZ --Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:10 PM ET

 The Saddledome won't need to beef up security for the playoffs, as Calgary fans won't become vigilantes when the Canucks come to town, says the Flames president.

 Ken King made those comments yesterday, two days after two Calgary supporters were involved in a violent scuffle with one or more Canucks fans following the first playoff game between the Western Canadian teams.

  The fight, which occurred outside GM Place, was captured on video by a B.C. CTV cameraman.

 The video clip showed a man wearing a Canucks jersey stomping a Flames fan as he lay on the ground.

 "We don't anticipate any incidents here like the ones we saw in Vancouver," said King.

 "We don't feel Calgary fans have anything to fear from Vancouver fans or that Vancouver fans have anything to fear from Calgary fans."

 King said security measures currently in place at the Saddledome have proven effective in the past and he has no reason to implement new ones at this time.

 The belief that confrontation won't be a factor in Calgary this weekend was echoed by the Calgary Police Service.

 "I think it's unfortunate -- when you get that many people together that drink that much, these things happen," said Insp. Rene Bailly.

 He suspects Calgary hockey fans are a kinder, gentler breed and doubts any frenzy by Flames fans will result in violence.

 "Vancouver and certainly Edmonton have had problems, but that's pretty rare here," he said. "I honestly believe Calgary fans are different."

 Bailly said there's always a police contingent at Flames games, which they will "ramp up dramatically if we make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs," he said.


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