Cut cables blacken televisions

It was bad enough for some Canucks fans to deal with the squad losing game seven of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night.

But it was even worse for fans in Hope, who had their television screens go blank in the second period.

Shaw Cable subscribers suffered a loss of service at about 7 p.m. that night as vandals struck.

It was bad enough for some Canucks fans to deal with the squad losing game seven of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night.

But it was even worse for fans in Hope, who had their television screens go blank in the second period.

Shaw Cable subscribers suffered a loss of service at about 7 p.m. that night as vandals struck.

“We had about 150 metres of cable stolen,” explained Lou Melo, Shaw’s regional manager for Central B.C.

That interrupted service to about 1,500 customers in Hope.

Melo believes the thieves were attempting to steal copper wire, however they stole fibre cable instead.

He said the theft occurred in a remote area, just off Highway 1, about two and a half  kilometres west of Peters Road.

“It was out in the bush … it took us until 9 p.m. just to locate it,” he said.

Service was not returned until 6:40 a.m. the next day.

“Our call centre just lit up,” said Melo, explaining that irate hockey fans were trying to see the end of the game.

The cable theft had a double whammy, as any subscriber who also had Shaw Internet service, couldn’t check the score on their computers either.