Few players have played the villain in the way Sean Avery did throughout his entire NHL career.
He would spend parts of four seasons in L.A. and in total played 580 career games, racking up 1,533 penalty minutes along the way. Always a controversial figure, Avery was an agitator on the ice, but also a bully off it.
According to Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, one of Avery's target's in L.A. was a young Dustin Brown. Avery would tease Brown about his lisp and his wife, Nicole. Ian Laperriere was quoted as saying, "this was bullying, like you might see in high school," as per Farber.
Avery would harass opponents on the ice verbally and silently.
An interesting example of the latter came when he was a member of the New York Rangers. In the first-round of the 2008 NHL playoffs vs. the New Jersey Devils, Avery turned to face Martin Brodeur and waived his hands and stick in an attempt to screen and distract the netminder.
The NHL announced the following day that such actions would result in a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
He’s been accused of going over the top with his trash talking, made inappropriate comments in media scrums and had issues with teammates and coaches.
It all adds up to a rather unique legacy for Avery, who is without a doubt one of the biggest villains not only in Kings history, but in NHL history as well.