Is Sean Avery's hockey career over?
The polarizing 31-year-old forward said his playing days are done
during a segment of Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live" Monday night
and it appears he wasn't joking.
When asked by the show's host Andy Cohen about his future in hockey, Avery said:
"I am officially retired; I threw my skates in the Hudson [River]."
When reached via email Tuesday afternoon, Avery did not dispute the
comments but said he will wait to make an official announcement until
his four-year, $15.5 million contract expires at the end of this
season. Filing official retirement papers with the league beforehand
would mean he'd forfeit the remaining money owed to him on the deal.
And although any chance of the Rangers recalling him remains highly
unlikely, Avery told ESPNNewYork.com he was "still ready to go," in
This latest saga in Avery's tumultuous tenure on Broadway comes just a
week after he was told by the Rangers he no longer needed to report to
games or practices with the organization's minor-league team in
Hartford. Avery, waived twice by the Rangers this year, last played
for the AHL's Connecticut Whale January 27 and had since been
scratched indefinitely for "disciplinary reasons."
Avery told the New York Post's Larry Brooks Tuesday morning that he
plans on beginning a career in advertising next month.
"No joke, I'm retiring," he said. "Couldn't be happier about the situation."