With Denver on the cusp of its first pro championship since 2016, police are asking Avalanche fans not to celebrate too much.

When* the Colorado Avalanche raises the Stanley Cup on Friday night, many Colorados will also raise their celebratory cups.

The Denver Police are simply asking people who raise their adult drinks to stay off the wheel, and all revelers, so that their euphoria will be more festive and less exuberant.

“While this is an exciting time for Mile High City, as seen in past championship victories, the positive experience of winning can quickly turn negative when celebration turns into destruction,” the department said in a press release. “Fans are asked to celebrate under control and not tarnish the team’s accomplishments with illegal activities.”

To get the message across, Gov. Jared Polis, analyst and former Avalanche player Mark Rycroft, and others have released video messages urging people to celebrate in a responsible way. (The videos also showed Bernie the St. Bernard mascot brandishing a sign that read “stay out of the penalty area”; the previous mascot, Howler the Yeti, was placed in a permanent penalty bench after allegedly getting into a fight with an opposing fan in 1999, according to 9News.)

Following the Broncos’ 2016 Super Bowl 50 victory – Denver’s last pro sports team championship – law enforcement sealed off several downtown streets and closed several interstate exits. Fans danced and chanted for hours afterward.

Some officers also ended up donning protective gear and using pepper spray and pepper balls to disperse the crowd. More than a dozen people have been detained. According to news reports at the time, alleged offenses included trespassing, throwing things at police officers, arson, and criminal acts. Damage included a smashed police car window and overturned trash cans and patio furniture at the 16th Street Mall.

The officers ended up donning protective gear and using pepper spray and pepper balls to disperse the crowd. Afterwards, a police spokesman stated that “on the whole it went pretty well”, but “there were a handful of people who acted somewhat naughty”.

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