Avs fan banned from Avalanche events after spreading ashes on ice

DENVER — Thousands of fans will fill the Ball Arena when the Avalanche returns to Denver for Game 5 on Friday. A fan will be with them in spirit.

Ryan Clark unexpectedly lost his best friend Kyle Stark in December 2021. The two were best friends for over a decade and loved going to Avs games together at Ball Arena. The two were so close that Stark was the best man at Clark’s wedding.

After Stark’s funeral, his parents invited Clark to an Avs game at the Ball Arena. He decided to honor his friend as best he could.

He asked Stark’s parents if they could bring some of his ashes to the game. Before it started, Clark went to the glass and spread some ash on the ice.

“We had it in a little pouch. We got Kyle over the glass and on the ice. An usher had come up to me and said, ‘Hey dude, what was that?’ and I said, ‘Well, to be honest, that was my best friend, Kyle. He died,'” Clark said.

Shortly thereafter, Clark received a letter stating that he had been banned from Avalanche events at Ball Arena for the remainder of the season.

Clark said he had no regrets.

“I would do it all over again with the biggest smile on my face like I did last time. I know in my heart that’s where he wanted to be,” he said. “If you’re constantly being asked, ‘Where do you think he is?’ Well this Zamboni got him on the ice Realistically again not the best idea but in my heart the best way to pay tribute to my boyfriend for what he truly loved more than anything in the world.

Clark was not banned from all events at the Ball Arena, only the Avalanche events for the remainder of the season. He cheered for his team from home during the playoffs.

“I just love him a lot. I miss him very much,” Clark said. “I wish we did another interview. I wish we were those fans coming out of the arena.”

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