Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sean Avery -- Timeline
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Sean Avery was suspended indefinitely from the NHL on Tuesday for using a crude term about his former girlfriends dating other hockey players, but this isn't the first time the forward has made headlines. Here are other incidents from Avery's career:
Sean Avery, who is with the Los Angeles Kings, speaks out about the NHL lockout, accusing the NHL Players' Association brass of lying to players about what was happening during negotiations.
Avery tells the Los Angeles Times: "I am furious at [former union head Bob Goodenow]. Bob thought he was bigger than he was. Bob brainwashed players like me. We burned a year for nothing. We didn't win anything. We didn't prove anything. We didn't get anything. We wasted an entire season."
The league reprimands Avery, still playing with the Kings, after he makes derogatory comments about French-Canadian players after Phoenix defenseman Denis Gauthier hit teammate Jeremy Roenick in an preseason game. Avery issues an apology after making this comment:
"I think it was typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back anything up."
Georges Laraque accuses Avery of using a racial slur during a game. Avery denies the allegation. The NHL takes no action after director of operations Colin Campbell rules there isn't enough evidence to corroborate either player's story.
The league fines Avery $1,000 for diving, the first player in the postlockout era to be fined under the new diving rules. The fine comes after his second diving offense of the season.
Avery tells the Los Angeles Times: "How can a guy sitting in an office in New York determine if you dived or not by watching a tape? No question that this is a way [for the league] to do something to me."
Those comments earn Avery another $1,000 fine from Campbell.
Avery calls Anaheim Ducks broadcaster Brian Hayward an "embarrassment" and "terrible announcer" after Hayward claims Avery backed down from a fight with Ducks enforcer Todd Fedoruk. Avery speaks out. Hayward's response: "How would you know? When I played, you were in your third year of eighth grade."
End of 2005-06 season
Avery is unofficially suspended by the Kings for the last three games of the regular season for reportedly arguing with the coaching staff and refusing to take part in a practice drill. That offseason, the Kings sign Avery to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.
Avery gets traded to the New York Rangers. After being looked at as a catalyst for success for the Blueshirts, Avery and the team become entrenched in an arbitration battle that following summer. According to a report in the New York Post, the Rangers said this in their brief: "Avery is not a mature player. He plays, at times, like an individual rather than a member of a team. This is sometimes referred to as an inability to see the ice, and in Avery's case this seems to fit with his overall approach to the game."
Avery later re-signs with the club after he is awarded a $1.9 million salary from arbitrators.
Avery denies making cancer-related comments to ill Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake before a pregame altercation between the clubs. Avery exchanges words and shoves with Blake and his Toronto teammate Darcy Tucker during pregame warm-ups. The NHL later fine the Rangers $25,000, the Leafs $10,000, Avery $2,500 and Tucker $1,000 for the scuffle.
Avery says in a statement: "I am extremely upset and hurt that false and damaging comments were attributed to me regarding Jason Blake. I made no such comments. I have lost two grandfathers to cancer and have been a consistent contributor to multiple cancer-related charities, first and foremost, Hockey Fights Cancer."
Avery plants himself in front of Martin Brodeur in the goalie crease and proceeds to wave his hands and stick in front of the Devils netminder when trying to distract him on a power play during the Rangers-Devils first-round playoff series. The NHL quickly makes an on-the-fly rule interpretation to eliminate such activity.
The Rangers win the series, and during the traditional elimination handshake line, Brodeur doesn't shake Avery's hand. Avery later calls Brodeur a "fatso" in response to the snub.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.