Sean Avery of the New York Rangers has been lambasted repeatedly in recent games and in the media even though he has changed his role from third-line agitator to first-line scorer and performed with Zen-like calm on and off the ice.
A story out of Boston today, where the Rangers will play the Bruins in a game that could be a preview of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, called Avery "a very disruptive force," "hockey's biggest little pain in the dasher," and a character who should have been suiting up with the Hanson Brothers and the rest of the Charlestown Chiefs in the movie Slap Shot.
Glen Farley, writing for GateHouse News Service, with a story in The (Brockton) Enterprise, said "Hide the women and children."
At the same time, reports out of New York City claim former Friends star Jennifer Aniston, 40, has Avery, 28, on a list of sports stars to date, along with David Wright, 26, of the New York Mets, and Derek Jeter, 35, captain of the New York Yankees, while she is in New York filming The Baster.
Aniston is reportedly considering starting a family right away as she feels her “biological clock ticking.” The Baster is about a disturbed and unstable man who finds out that his best friend is planning on having a child through artificial insemination.
The Baster is adapted from a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides that was published in The New Yorker. Avery has a movie in the works called "Puckface," based on an article he wrote for Men's Vogue about his time working at Vogue magazine.
Avery has not commented on anything except hockey since February when he started playing his way back into game shape with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. At that time, he was described as Zen-like.
More recently, he was called a Zen master by Greg Wyshynski and other hockey writers.
He has made no comment about Rachel Hunter's plans to marry Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings. He has not responded to any comments Elisha Cuthbert has made about him in People magazine while doing publicity for her new movie, a remake of Re-Animator.
Despite his changing role on the ice, on the Rangers first line, getting points, other teams still expect him to fight. It looks like other teams line up to hit Avery, night after night, for big hits and cheap shots, but he has refused to fight.
It is rumored Avery will be one of the surprise guests on stage at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night when Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and others perform at a concert called Change Begins Within.
The concert is a benefit for a foundation that wants to teach meditation techniques to one million at risk youths.