Sean Christopher Avery (born April 10, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.
During his career in the National Hockey League (NHL), he played left wing for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, gaining recognition for his agitating playing style and controversial behaviour both on and off the ice.
The Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup that season, but Avery did not play in the playoffs nor did he play the required 41 games to get his name engraved on the Cup.
After retiring in 2012, Avery began working at Lipman, an advertising and creative agency in New York City.
He was promoted to senior staffer, but the firm closed without notice in September 2013, reportedly due to financial problems, later filing for bankruptcy, and owing Avery $229,167.
He is also known for his eclectic interests, having worked in fashion, most notably as an intern at Vogue magazine; as a model; and as a restaurateur.
He finished his 12-year career with a total of 90 goals, 247 points and 1,533 penalty minutes in 580 games.
Avery did not think Nicole Brown was glamorous enough to be a "girlfriend of a hockey player in Hollywood." Brown admits the bullying might have affected him in ways that he did not realize.
After joining the Rangers, he scored 20 points in 29 games to help the team complete a 17–4–6 end-of-season run to qualify for the playoffs.With three games remaining, the Kings unofficially suspended Avery for the remainder of the season after he refused to do a drill in practice.Nevertheless, the team re-signed him to a one-year deal.He played one final season in the OHL before turning professional in 2000 with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL).He broke into the NHL in the 2001–02 season, playing 36 games with the Red Wings and 36 in the minors.Prior to joining the NHL, Avery played for the Owen Sound Platers and the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).