Colorado Avalanche Fan Gets Banned from Hockey Games After Scattering Friend’s Ashes on the Ice

DENVER, COLORADO – MAY 31: The Colorado Avalanche celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 8 to 6 in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Ball Arena on May 31, 2022 in Denver, Colorado, defeated. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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A Colorado Avalanche fan to the end!

On Jan. 8, self-proclaimed “die-hard” fan Ryan Clark went to Bell Arena in Denver, Colorado with a mission: to scatter his best friend’s ashes on the ice, The Hill reports.

Kyle Stark was Clark’s best friend, best man, and favorite person to go to an Avalanche game with, reports Denver7 News. But when Stark passed away unexpectedly in December 2021, Clark knew he had to do something special for his friend.

When Stark’s parents invited Clark to an Avalanche game at the Ball Arena after the funeral, he asked if they could bring some of his ashes to the game, the outlet reports. Before the game started, Clark went to the ice and scattered some of the ashes.

“We had him in a little bag,” Clark told Denver7 News. “We got Kyle over the glass and into the ice.”

Clark confessed he knew the idea could have some serious repercussions: “Realistically, again not the brightest of ideas, but in my heart the best way to pay tribute to my friend for what he truly is more than anything.” loved the world.”

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Unfortunately for Clark, he was caught in the act by an usher at the arena. “An usher came 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 told the outlet.

“If you saw the small fraction of the amount I actually made there, the Zamboni took care of it in round one,” Clark admitted to The Hill.

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Although the amount was small, Clark later received a letter saying he had been banned from Avalanche events at the Ball Arena for the remainder of the season, reports Denver7 News.

“I would do it all over again with the biggest smile on my face like I did last time. I know in my heart he wanted to be there,” he told the outlet. “If you’re constantly being asked, ‘Where do you think he is?’ Well, that Zamboni got him all over the ice.”

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Clark, who is now cheering for his team at home, told The Hill: “It’s fantastic to be able to talk about him.”

“I just love him a lot. I miss him very much,” Clark told Denver7 News. “I wish we did another interview. I wish we were those fans coming out of the arena.”

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