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Colorado’s O’Byrne to try coaching during lockout

Colorado Avalanche v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 7: Ryan O’Byrne #3 of the Colorado Avalanche clears the puck against Ryan O’Byrne #3 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Scottrade Center on January 7, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Avalanche 4-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Avalanche defenseman Ryan O’Byrne is tackling being locked out a bit differently.

While other players are heading overseas or headed to the AHL, according to Cam Tucker of The Vancouver Sun the big blue liner is going to try his hand at coaching. He’ll be instructing the kids of the Victoria Grizzlies in the BCHL and head coach Bill Bestwick couldn’t be happier to have him.

“His ability to connect and his ability to teach the nuances of his trade and craft will be invaluable,” Bestwick said.

O’Byrne can also teach the kids how to play tough, physical defense and he can also tell them about the perils of putting a puck into your own net or getting hung out to dry by your teammates at a local night spot.