Calgary Flames defenceman Andrew Ference has some advice for fans feeling suppressed along the Red Mile.
Move the party.
"I don't know why people don't just go to Stephen Avenue," Ference mused yesterday. "Just don't follow the cops to 17th Avenue. And if they go to the Red Mile and hand out 40,000 jaywalking tickets, go to court and fight them."
Calgary police have vowed to increase their presence to keep revellers from carrying on as they did during the club's 2004 run to the Stanley Cup finals.
Ference, however, said the excitement generated by the Red Mile throngs -- which came without the type of shenanigans you'd expected with so many people in one place -- became a source of pride among the players two years ago.
"It's a huge thing to be proud of for Calgarians and, as a team, we were proud to see that going on," he said.
"They're taking the wrong direction in clamping down."