Avalanche fan banned from home games after spreading friend's ashes on ice

Ryan Clark was banned from attending Avs games at Ball Arena for the rest of the season after he was caught spreading his friend’s ashes on the ice at a Jan. 8 游戏.

Valeri Nichushkin (13) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal by Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche during the third period in Game 5 的 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena June 24, 2022, 在丹佛.

Valeri Nichushkin (13) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal by Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche during the third period in Game 5 的 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena June 24, 2022, 在丹佛. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

We had him in a little baggie. We got Kyle over the glass and into the ice. An usher had come up to me and was like, ‘Hey dude, what was that?’ 我说, '好, to be honest with you, that was my best friend Kyle. He died,'” Clark told KMGH.

Kyle Stark unexpectedly died in late December. A dedicated Avs fan, Clark knew this would be something his dear friend would’ve wanted.

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When asked constantly, ‘Where do you think he is?’ 好, that Zamboni got him all over the ice,” 克拉克 说. “Realistically, 再次, not the brightest idea. 但, in my heart, (它是) the best way I could give tribute to my friend for what he truly loved more than anything in the world.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) of the Colorado Avalanche makes a save against Pat Maroon (14) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 的 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Ball Arena June 24, 2022, 在丹佛. The Lightning defeated the Avalanche 3-2.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) of the Colorado Avalanche makes a save against Pat Maroon (14) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 的 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Ball Arena June 24, 2022, 在丹佛. The Lightning defeated the Avalanche 3-2. (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Clark has not been able to attend any home games since that game, and with Colorado close to winning its first Cup since 2001, it would only be natural to feel some regrets.

But Clark has none.

I’d do it all over again with the biggest smile on my face like I did the last time,” 他说. “I know in my heart that’s where he wanted to be.

Gabriel Landeskog (92) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with teammates after a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game 4 的 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena June 22, 2022, 在坦帕, 弗拉.

Gabriel Landeskog (92) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with teammates after a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game 4 的 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena June 22, 2022, 在坦帕, 弗拉. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Lightning survived to play another day with a 3-2 游戏 5 victory against the Avalanche Friday night. The series returns to Tampa Sunday night, and a win for the Lightning will force a Game 7 at Ball Arena.

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