Sean Avery Will Play With Rangers AHL Affiliate On Valentine's Day

Martin AverySenior Writer IFebruary 13, 2009

Sean Avery is expected to play his first game with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL on Saturday when they play the Manitoba Moose.

The Dallas Stars assigned Avery to the American Hockey League team on Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, a Wolf Pack spokesman said on Friday that the team plans to use Avery when the New York Rangers' affiliate hosts Manitoba on Saturday night.

Sean Avery was in the building for the Wolf Pack's last game, to watch his new team, The Hartford Courant has reported. Hartford lost to the Manitoba Moose, 4-2.

Two months after being suspended for the now notorious comments concerning the love life of an opponent, Avery will be back on the ice.

Avery was assigned to the New York Rangers AHL affiliate on February 9 and has practiced with the team twice. He also did extra skating drills with Wolf Pack coaches Ken Gernander, J.J. Daigneault, and Pat Boller, according to

Avery served the league-issued suspension but was not welcomed back to the Stars' lineup upon completion. Instead he was forced to undergo counseling.

The Wolf Pack play the Manitoba Moose at home on Saturday.

In their last meeting Michael Grabner of the Moose scored a pair of goals -- including the game-winner with 96 seconds remaining in regulation -- to lead the Manitoba Moose to a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Hartford, Conn.

Grabner, who has been trying to help Austria qualify for the 2010 Olympics at a tournament in Hanover, Germany, now has a team-high 21 goals this season.

The Moose improved their record to 36-14-0-4, good for first place in the North Division of the AHL. The Wolf Pack is 27-21-0 and in third place in the Atlantic Division.

Avery will be playing against a former teammate from his Jr. A days with the Owen Sound Platers. Curtis Joseph now plays goal for the Moose.

Avery will be reunited with Brandon Sugden on the Wolf Pack. Avery practiced on a line with Hartford's "enforcer", according to The Syracuse Post-Standard.

Avery and Sugden are both from the Toronto area and were friends when they were young.  Brandon "Sugar" Sugden is banned for life from the ECHL.

He has played for the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL, the London Knights, Sudbury Woves, and Barrie Colts of the OHL, The Dayton Bombers and Tallahassee Tiger Sharks of the ECHL, and the Verdun Dragons of the QSPHL.

He is 6'4", weighs 231, and is a boxer as well as a hockey player, according to his website.