This is a very special story and definitely a first for me. A self-proclaimed «die-hard» fan of the Colorado Avalanche has been banned from attending the NHL team's games for the rest of the season after he did the ultimate tribute for his best friend by pouring his ashes on Ball Arena.
Ryan Clark attended a Avalanche game on Jan 8th shorty after his best friend Kyle Stark passed away just before Christmas. The two were both die hard Avalanche fans and would go to games together until Starks unfortunate passing.
During the game Clark attended where he decided to honor his late friend by pouring some of his ashes over the glass and onto the ice where Stark loved to watch his team. Would reveal the usher at Ball Arena would ask him what he threw on the ice saying,
«The usher asked me, ‘What was that?' I gotta be honest with you. It was my friend. ‘What do you mean?' I said, ‘Well he passed away. Yesterday was his service and I spread some of his ashes out there,'» Clark recalled.
After that Clark said, "I was then brought to the arena's concourse, where he spoke with security. He was ultimately escorted out of the building. I knew what I did was considered wrong. I owned up to it the second it happened,» Clark said.
Soon afterward, Clark received a letter in the mail from Ball Arena informing him that he was not welcome at Ball Arena for any Avalanche games for the remainder of the season. That was before he knew the Avalanche would be playing in the Stanley Cup Final.
However, Clark said, "I would still do it all over again. If you've ever seen ‘Angels in the Outfield,' like this is just the hockey version. So when they're at home and they need a little assistance, my boy's out there to assist,» Clark said.
Two best friends bonding over a love of hockey two met while working at King Soopers in 2009 and became roommates. Stark was the best man at Clark's wedding.
The pair bonded over their love of hockey Clark said Stark just «eats, sleeps, breathes hockey.»
"I just love him very much. I miss him very much," Clark said. "I wish we were doing a different kind of interview. I wish we were those fans that were coming out of the arena."
Hopefully The Avalanche can win the Stanley cup in memory of Kyle Stark and On behalf of Hawksinsider Ryan Clark we give our sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your friend.
Credit:The Denver News