If there was a Douche-of-the-Year award, former New York Rangers forward Sean Avery would have earned plenty of hardware during his 11-year NHL career. But now, Avery – who has built up a reputation over the years as one of the best agitators in the game – is giving up hockey at just 31 years of age to start a career with an advertising agency.
Earlier this month, the Rangers AHL affiliate – the Connecticut Whale – left Avery off the finalized roster, making him ineligible for the rest of the regular season and Calder Cup Playoffs.
Avery spent most of the season bouncing up and down between the Rangers and the Whale, trying to prove as though he was capable of helping the Rangers compete for the Stanley Cup this spring. He was a frequent healthy scratch for the Whale and was even told by the AHL club that he no longer was obligated to participate in practice or show up to games. And with his demise, it seems as though Avery no longer has a passion for hockey, but instead for fashion and the advertising industry.
There’s no better place for Avery to share his love for fashion then on the Bravo network and he recently made a guest appearance on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live!” with Nicole Richie, to discuss his other passion. During a question session – a segment that was cut from TV and only appeared on the program’s bonus viral clips – Avery was asked about what plans he has for his hockey future.
“I am officially retired. I threw my skates in the Hudson,” Avery said. “[To Nicole Richie] It’s the river.”
Avery has plenty of experience with advertising agencies, the fashion industry and was even featured in a print ad in this month’s copy of Vanity Fair magazine. His new job will begin when his NHL contract officially expires on April 15.
Avery responded about the comments to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, “No that wasn’t a joke; yes I’m retiring at the end of the season and it’s OK. I guess that was my retirement press conference.
The Rangers first acquired Avery in 2007 in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. In July 2008, Avery signed a four-year, $15.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars but within a year he was back with the Rangers, thanks to disappointment and the sideshow he had become down south. His second stint on Broadway wasn’t as successful as the first, due to a difference of opinions with coach John Tortorella.
Avery leaves the NHL with a whopping 1,512 penalty minutes to accompany his 87 goals and 244 points in 565 career games. He leaves behind several famous quotes and even a rule that was named after him (much to Marty Brodeur’s dismay). But since he’s in his prime, Avery still has plenty of time to contemplate a comeback.
An official announcement is expected when his contract expires next month, because if he did so beforehand he would forfeit any of the remaining money on his deal.
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