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Sean Avery

Sean Avery

After yet another on-ice-altercation it’s difficult for me to discuss his positive contributions to the game, because quite frankly, he has none!  Let’s instead take a trip down memory lane and hopefully emerge unscathed from “The Agitator.”

First: In the midst of the “2004-05 NHL-Lockout” Avery arrogantly stated that NHLPA management had lied to its members. In addition Avery was kicked out of Chris Chelios home, (whom he lived with during this time). “He turned my house upside down,” Chelios said.

The next year Denis Gauthier gave Jeremy Roenick a concussion during a preseason game. Avery’s response: “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.”  This generated considerable controversy with the French-Canadian public.  Avery added to the racial tension when Oilers’ player Georges Laraque, (an African American,) claimed that Avery called him a monkey during a match between their two teams.

 Then came the infamous “sloppy seconds” incident.  Once upon a time Avery dated Elisha Cuthbert.  Before facing her new boyfriend (Dion Phaneuf) he was quoted saying:

“I’m just going to say one thing. I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada. I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about, but enjoy the game tonight.”

This remark landed him a six game suspension for what the NHL called “unacceptable and antisocial [behaviour]… at odds with the manner in which his more than 700 fellow players conduct themselves”.  On the last day of his suspension the Dallas Stars cut him from the team.

Later, the “Avery Rule” was put into place after the Devils and Rangers faced off in the 2008 playoffs.  (Instead of explaining what happened you would be better served seeing it for yourself.)

After the incident Don Cherry said, “I’ve known this kid since he was about 16 years old; Once a jerk, always a jerk. You can’t blame the referee, because he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.” Can you?

Sean Avery is indicative of what the modern-day-athlete is becoming; always living on the razors edge seemingly for ego’s sake.  The man thrives on controversy and is a boderline sociopath.  Instead of perfecting his craft this is a guy who freely interned his off-season at Vogue magazine.  It is quite obvious hockey is a means to and end for Avery and it is clear he has no respect for the game or those in it.  While there is room for self-made entrepreneurs in sports there is no room for cowards or bullies who hide behind this/his type of bravado.

Unfortunately, Avery has yet to receive a proper on-ice beatdown. One of these days his luck will run out, and I hope I’m there to see it.

Comments

  • Ruben

    “Unfortunately, Avery has yet to receive a proper on-ice beatdown.”

    That made me think of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU5-HJ9IDOE

    • Anonymous

      Ruben… THANKS FOR THAT!!!

      I hope to see that git get a few more cracks to the dome ASAP!!!

    • Anonymous

      I remember that! Like I said, he hasn’t been properly dealt with. The guy is a coward who unfortunetly knows how to play his hand right.

      Thanks Ruben!

    • Sharlene Gerontzos

      Just watched the clip and Avery’s a bitch! Couldn’t even stand up and take his beats like a man.

      • dreamland

        haha no doubt! Thats my wife!

  • Chris Elliott

    WHAAAAAAT!!!!! My man. Your best piece to date. I love the passion and aggression. I like that you take a nice firm stance on this issue. I can’t wait to see this guy get dummied (you love that hockey talk eh).

    I’mma share this bitch re-re soon. Brrrap!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Chris, means a lot coming from you. And this guy is a punk, real talk.

  • Sharlene Gerontzos

    Well said Johnny! Can’t wait ’til karma sucka-punches Avery in the FACE (no helmet!)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    hahaha great blog john!
    this guy is a dufis (spelling?) and DOES need a serious beat down.
    his hockey skills are continually being overshadowed by his poor choices.
    it’s a shame really.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for reading Sabrina! The isn’t a HORRIBLE player but he seems to have decided there is only one way to conduct himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

    I love how no one commenting can actually relate this to hockey!!! Avery is the person everyone loves to hate … but I would like to see what would happen if he wore a Toronto Maple Leaf jersey. Every player has a specific role. Some draw penalties, some are aggressors, some block shots while others score goals. I personally am not a fan of Mr. Avery but he does bring something different to the game.

    His mouth gets him in trouble but I like his honesty (French Canadian players are pussies who don’t remove their helmets in fights btw). He always has something fine on his arm (he was in people magazines top 50 most beautiful a few years back). I know one thing’s for sure – I’d never want to rub him the wrong way … cause he disturbingly passionate and slightly psychotic

    • Anonymous

      Love it Adam! I agree, I don’t think my issue with Avery when he is on the ice during shifts. My issue is his “antics” IE what he did with Brodeur. Also when the whistle blows he turns into a douche. An EFFECTIVE DOUCE IE drawing penalties, but a douche none-the less.

      The Leafs have had similar players in the past (none with the off Ice popularity of Avery) in Domi and especially Tucker. Nobody but Leafs fans liked these guys because the were pests and goons who played dirty. Home town love!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

        The thing is, if Avery and I were to hang out … it would be déjà vu of Mr. Deed and John McEnroe chillin lol

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToTa37phbZY

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