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Sean Avery

Born:Apr 10, 1980Draft: Undrafted
Hometown:North York, OntarioPosition:Left Wing
Known For:2x NHL Most Penalized Player (2004, 2006)Shoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Sean Avery (born April 10, 1980) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the New York Rangers during the 2011-12 season. Undrafted at the NHL level, Avery broke into the league during the 2001-02 season, splitting time with the Detroit Red Wings and the American Hockey League’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. During the 2002-03 season, Avery was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a package deal that saw Mathieu Schneider head the other way. Avery spent two full seasons with the Kings and would be traded to the Rangers during the 2006-07 season. His first stint with the Rangers lasted just one season, and Avery signed with the Dallas Stars for the 2008-09 season. Avery would be traded later that season, returning to the Rangers. His 10-year career in the NHL would conclude as a member of the Rangers, spending the final three seasons in the Big Apple. Avery still remains a resident of New York to this day.

Notorious around the league for being one of the biggest pests of the 2000s, Avery’s antics peaked during the 2008 playoffs. During a Rangers power play, Avery took to his usual post in front of the net, only this time he took an unusual strategy by standing face-to-face with Martin Brodeur. Waving his stick and gloves in front of Brodeur, the play would later result in the NHL constructing a new rule to disallow this type of play. To make matters worse, Avery would eventually score during this shift.

Sean Avery
Sean Avery, seen here with the New York Rangers (THW Archives)

Sean Avery Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
Mar. 11, 2003Detroit Red WingsFirst-Round Pick 2003
(Jeff Tambellini)
Maxim Kuznetsov
Los Angeles KingsSecond-Round 2004
Mathieu Schneider
Feb. 5, 2007Los Angeles KingsJohn SeymourNew York RangersJason Ward
Jan Marek
Marc-Andre Cliche

Deeper Dive


  • 2x NHL Most Penalized Player (2004, 2006)