Denver officials estimate that the Avalanche's Stanley Cup championship parade and rally drew "at least 500,000 people downtown on Thursday." Appearing on stage in "various states of inebriation," the Avalanche players "did not disappoint" the throngs of fans. Fans "clad in burgundy and blue leaned out apartment windows and cheered atop balconies" (DENVER POST, 6/30). The crowd started "spilling out of Civic Center Park as rain began to fall on a summer day." The Avs "brought life back to a downtrodden city that has felt abandoned since the outset of COVID-19" (DENVER POST, 6/30).
Meanwhile, a Denver couple this week "got the surprise of a lifetime when the Stanley Cup was mistakenly delivered to their doorstep." Kit Karbler said that the Cup was "accidentally delivered to his house in the Hilltop neighborhood, meant for Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog." Karbler recounted that the "Stanley Cup keeper knocked on the door and figured out that they were at the wrong address but let him see it, touch it and take pictures of the NHL’s most prized award in his driveway" (KDVR.com, 6/29).