Former Ranger Avery, 41, signs with ECHL team

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Sean Avery has signed a standard player contract with the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears, the team announced on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old forward last appeared in an NHL game on Dec. 10, 2011, with the New York Rangers. He has been added to the team’s reserve list.

Avery played 580 games in the NHL with the Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars, scoring 90 goals with 157 assists. The Rangers demoted him to the American Hockey League’s Connecticut Whale in the 2011-12 season, where he was a frequent healthy scratch. Avery announced his retirement from the NHL in March 2012 on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live!” and told host Andy Cohen that he had thrown his skates in the Hudson River.

Since December, Avery had been skating in a weekly hockey game in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Kings’ practice rink.

Avery released a video on Tuesday indicating that he was in Winter Park, Fla., and had dropped his equipment at the rink before skating with the Orlando Solar Bears. Avery said that the coach of the team, Drake Berehowsky, was playing defense for the Toronto Maple Leafs when Avery watched his first NHL game as a child.

A very was known as one of the NHL’s preeminent agitators during his career, and his antics frequently ran afoul of the League.

In the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Avery stood face to face with New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and raised his stick and his hands to distract him. The NHL then reinterpreted its unsportsmanlike conduct rule to ban such an act, in a move that known as “The Avery Rule.” In Dec. 2008, Avery was suspended six games and sent into management counseling after making a derogatory comment about an opponent’s girlfriend, whom he had previously dated.

Since retiring, Avery had entered into an acting career, appearing as “Red Soldier 1” the Christopher Nolan film “Tenet.”

The Solar Bears are in fourth place in the ECHL’s South Division with 53 points.

Source: ESPN NHL


Author: Ellen Garcia