Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sean Avery
Sean Avery was born April 10, 1980 in Pickering, Ontario. A graduate of the Ontario Hockey League's Owen Sound Platers and Kingston Frontenacs, Avery had a career year in his final season of junior hockey with the Frontenacs in 1999-2000, recording 84 points.

The Pickering, Ontario native signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings prior to the 1999-2000 OHL season and joined the Wings AHL affiliate in Cincinnati in 2000-01 racking up over 300+ penalty minutes and finishing sixth in the AHL.

In 2001-02 Avery made his NHL debut with the Red Wings, playing in 36 games while spending the other half of the season with Cincinnati. Avery jumped between Detroit and the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2002-03, before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a deal that brought rearguard Mathieu Schneider to the Motor City.

Upon his arrival with the Kings, Avery continued to play a gritty game and in 2003-04 led the league in penalty minutes with 261. He later set career highs in goals (15), assists (24) and points (39) in 2005-06 and again led the league in minutes spent in the penalty box.

In 2005-06 Avery would go on to set new career highs with 15 goals, 24 assists for 39 points while once again leading the league in penalty minutes. The following season Avery appeared in 55 games with the Kings before he was dealt to the New York Rangers with John Seymour in exchange for Jason Ward, Marc-Andrew Cliché and Jan Marek.

Through two seasons in New York, Avery proved to be a key contributor offensively while he continued to be one of the league's top superpests. The 2007-08 season in particular proved to be a very interesting one for Avery and the Rangers. After returning from wrist surgery, Avery went on to record 33 points in just 57 games and helped the Blueshirts into the NHL playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, Avery's antics were displayed during a Ranger's two-man advantage. Facing New Jersey's goaltender Martin Brodeur, Avery waived his arms and stick in the air in a distraction attempt. The move was legal at the time, however a day later the league made a statement that any form of this action in future would result in an unsportsmanlike penalty. After the Rangers eliminated the Devils, Avery's season would come to an end when he was sent to the hospital to repair a lacerated spleen.

In summer of 2008, Avery signed a four-year, $15.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars, though he would only appear in 23 games for the club. Controversy plagued his time in the "Lone Star State" and he was subsequently waived by the Stars and assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. Eventually, Avery would find his way back to Rangers organization after be claimed off waivers by the club on March 3, 2009.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Markham Islanders Minor-ON 70 34 81 115 180
1995-96 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 1 0 0 0 4
1996-97 Owen Sound Platers OHL 58 10 21 31 86 4 1 0 1 4
1997-98 Owen Sound Platers OHL 47 13 41 54 105
1998-99 Owen Sound Platers OHL 28 22 23 45 70
1998-99 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 33 14 25 39 88 5 1 3 4 13
1999-00 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 55 28 56 84 215 +13 5 2 2 4 26
2000-01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 58 8 15 23 304 +17 4 1 0 1 19
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 2 2 4 68 +1
2001-02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 36 14 7 21 106 -4
2002-03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 5 6 11 120 +7
2002-03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 15 6 6 12 82 +2
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 1 3 4 33 0
2002-03 Manchester Monarchs AHL 3 2 1 3 8
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 9 19 28 261 +2
2004-05 Pelicans Lahti Finland 2 3 0 3 26
2004-05 Motor City Mechanics UHL 16 15 11 26 149 +19
2005-06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 15 24 39 257 -5
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 55 10 18 28 116 -10
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 29 8 12 20 58 +11 10 1 4 5 27
2007-08 New York Rangers NHL 57 15 18 33 154 +6 8 4 3 7 6
2008-09 Dallas Stars NHL 23 3 7 10 77 +2
2008-09 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 8 2 1 3 8 -2
2008-09 New York Rangers NHL 18 5 7 12 34 +4 6 0 2 2 24
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 69 11 20 31 160 0
2010-11 New York Rangers NHL 76 3 21 24 174 -4 4 0 1 1 12
2011-12 New York Rangers NHL 15 3 0 3 21 +2
2011-12 Connecticut Whale AHL 7 2 1 3 39 +1
NHL Totals 580 90 157 247 1533 28 5 10 15 69


Traded to Kingston (OHL) by Owen Sound (OHL) with Steve Lafleur for Aaron Fransen and D.J. Maracle, January 11, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 21, 1999. Traded to Los Angeles by Detroit with Maxim Kuznetsov, Detroit's 1st round pick (Jeff Tambellini) in 2003 NHL Draft and Detroit's 2nd round pick (later traded to Boston - Boston selected Martins Karsums) in 2004 NHL Draft for Mathieu Schneider, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Lahti (Finland), November 24, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Motor City (UHL), February 11, 2005. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles with John Seymour for Jason Ward, Jan Marek, Marc-Andre Cliche and NY Rangers' 3rd round pick (later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Corey Fienhage) in 2008 NHL Draft, February 5, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 2, 2008. Claimed on waivers by NY Rangers from Dallas, March 3, 2009. Missed majority of 2011-12 as a healthy reserve.
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