Four years ago, the Washington Capitals celebrated their Stanley Cup victory with a parade in D.C., as players ran around with flags and took party buses to the National Mall. Now, the Colorado Avalanche are doing the same thing in Denver, except they ran into a problem that Washington didn’t encounter: one of their key blueliners was stopped by the police.
Defenseman Bo Byram was making his way to the party bus and behind the barrier when he was stopped by police. Police had thought he was a fan who jumped the barrier and was trying to make his way to the players.
“I play for them,” Byram can be heard saying in the video, as fans affirmed he’s a player and he was ultimately let through.
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Byram just turned 21 on June 13. He picked up nine points in 20 playoff games and was a plus-15, mainly playing on the third defensive pairing with Erik Johnson. The Cranbrook, B.C. native was the fourth overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft after impressing scouts during his tenure with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants.
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Byram played 19 NHL games back in 2020-21 but officially hit the rookie mark this past year with five goals and 12 assists in 30 games for the Avalanche.