Dallas Stars’ Sean Avery suspended
Sean Avery has always been known to be an annoying presence in the NHL. His attitude in the locker room is known to make teams want to get rid of him. But of all the spiteful comments and other antics he pulled on the way to becoming the biggest pest in hockey, never had he gone so far that the NHL suspended him–until Tuesday.
According to the Associated Press, Avery was suspended indefinitely by commissioner Gary Bettman for using a crude term about his former girlfriends now dating other hockey players.
Avery, 28, used a derogatory term to refer to his former girlfriends, saying that it had “become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with” them. He made the comment to reporters after the Stars’ morning skate before their 3-1 victory Tuesday night in Calgary.
Avery’s ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert of the television show “24” and the movie “Old School,” is dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf; she had been romantically linked to Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens. Avery also dated Rachel Hunter, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and actress who is now the girlfriend of Los Angeles Kings center Jarrett Stoll.
“He made stupid comments and it bit him,” said Flames forward Craig Conroy, Avery’s former teammate with the Kings. “He probably thought it was funny. The league didn’t think it was funny, the Dallas Stars didn’t think it was funny and nobody thought it was funny.”
Avery signed a four-year, $15.5 million contract with Dallas in July, after playing for the Rangers for a little more than a season.