|Things turned ugly in the celebration afterward as police arrested several party-goers. (Fred Thornhill, Toronto Sun)
Fans flooded the streets of Toronto last night and painted the town red and white following Team Canada's victory at the World Cup of Hockey. Tens of thousands spilled out of the Air Canada Centre, downtown bars and their homes, turning Yonge St. upside down as they partied into the morning to celebrate Canada's 3-2 win over Finland.
"I love Canada," said John Demek, 23, who was draped in a Canadian flag and partying with thousands of others at Dundas Square. "This is amazing, the whole city coming together as one to celebrate."
The high spirits hit a sour note, though, when a few hundred revellers got out of hand at Bay and Front Sts.
The crowd rocked cabs and jumped on top of them, leaving large dents in the roofs.
The police mounted unit was called in to restore order. The crowd pelted police with bottles and one man was trampled by a police horse in the melee.
Cops said several people were arrested, most for being drunk and disorderly.
The celebration was more joyful over on Yonge St., where Canadian flags and Team Canada jerseys filled the street.
Even the police, who were trying to maintain order in the chaos, joined in the celebration. Officers high-fived revellers as they passed.
The sounds of fans screaming and car horns honking could be heard for hours after the game.
"This is awesome," Ryerson student Nika Czubak, 19, said. "Hockey is the one thing all Canadians get excited about."
"Team Canada played so well and it was just a great game to watch," Czubak said.
Hundreds of people weren't able to get tickets to the big game but watched on a giant screen at the Toronto Sun tailgate party so they could still be part of the action.