Keeler: Avalanche defender Bo Byram got stopped by a cop. Mikko Rantanen drank from a shoe. The Stanley Cup victory parade brought out Denver’s best. “We literally had chills.”

Keeler: Avalanche defender Bo Byram got stopped by a cop. Mikko Rantanen drank from a shoe. The Stanley Cup victory parade brought out Denver’s best. “We literally had chills.”

Mikko Rantanen drank from a shoe. So did Artturi Lehkonen. At least they Finnished what they started.

But the MVPs of the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup celebration parade Thursday, hands down, were the fans who kept defenseman Bo Byram out of the penalty box.

In a moment that went viral on social media not long after the streets had cleared, Byram, the Avs’ 21-year-old defenseman, had jumped down from his fire truck to greet the people. He also happened to be rocking two cans of Coors Light for the trip.

Here’s the catch: When Byram tried to return to his chariot, an officer of the law who was flanking the parade route on a bike advised the baby-faced d-man to get back behind the gates. Said cop then gently pushed him toward the civilians he was assumed to have escaped from.

The only credential Byram had on-hand was the name on the back of the jersey, which he promptly turned to the officer in question.

“I play for the team,” Byram explained. (Because, ya know, he does.)

“He’s a playerrrrrrr!” a fan shouted.

“He’s a playerrrrrrr!” screamed another.

Identity confirmed, lesson learned, Byram was allowed to rejoin his mates.

At least we can laugh about it now. Right?


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