Sean Avery's Most Memorable Moments and Antics
Sean Avery has completed another classless, embarrassing and disrespectful season.
Avery has made a career out of matching mediocre play with endless trash talk, cowardly refusals to fight, cheap shots, making a fool of himself in interviews, and other embarrassing actions.
The 2010-2011 season was no different for Avery.
Here is a collection of the moments not only from this season, but from previous seasons as well, that Sean Avery is famous for.
Avery Sprayed Rick DiPietro and Refused to Fight James Wisniewski
As the New York Islanders' goalie Rick DiPietro covered a puck, Avery was skating towards the net.
Instead of turning away (which he had plenty of time and space to do so), Avery stopped and sprayed DiPietro with snow from the ice.
Wisniewski shook his gloves at Avery in a clear fight invitation. However, Avery refused.
Wisniewski's next gesture earned him a suspension, but the most embarrassing event here was Avery turning down the fight after his disrespectful action.
Avery Slashed David Clarkson in the Face
Before the game, the two had been arguing. It is not uncommon for these arguments to be settled as soon as the puck is dropped.
Instead of dropping his gloves, Avery slashed Clarkson in the face and refused to fight once the game began.
Avery Embarrassingly Refused to Fight Back Against Clarkson
Here, Clarkson found Avery during a scrum and decided that the two were going to settle their dispute.
However, Avery put on this embarrassing display, getting thrown around and never attempting to fight back.
Avery Is a Hypocrite
During this interview, Avery criticized players who talk trash but cannot back it up by dropping their gloves.
In other words, he criticized "French-Canadian players" for the exact actions he took against David Clarkson.
Another Embarassing Fight from Avery
After pushing Paul Kariya from behind into the boards, Avery refused to answer the call for his dirty play.
Avery is a tough guy during locker room interviews, a turtle on the ice.
Avery Attemped to Get Away with Slashing Mike Komisarek
Look towards center ice, in the background of the scrum.
With the referees occupied, Avery attempted to get away with two slashes on Komisarek.
Avery Waited Until Ladislav Smid Was Unprepared Before He Agreed to the Fight
After a hard hit into the boards by Avery on Colin Fraser, Smid went to Avery and challenged him to a fight.
Once Smid turned away and was unprepared to fight, Avery threw off his gloves and punched him.
Avery Taunted Maxime Talbot Instead of Fighting Him
Avery pushed Talbot, then did nothing but stare at him until the linesman came in to break up the scuffle.
Avery criticizing someone for what they do in a physical exchange is like Bernie Madoff giving advice on how to make an honest dollar.
Avery Proved How Tough He Was by Fighting Mattias Ohlund
After a clean hit by Mattias Ohlund, Avery showed how brave he was by taking on a player who had fought just 14 times in the past 12 seasons.
This was quite a contrast in willingness from the Avery that Hordichuk and Clarkson attempted to fight.
Avery Took on a Hobey Baker Winner, Turned Down a Real Fighter
During a scrum, Avery grabbed Matt Carle (who had never fought in the NHL) and started punching him, and did not stop even when Carle went down to the ice.
Later in the game, Jody Shelley challenged Avery before a faceoff, only to have Avery quickly skate away once the puck was dropped.
Situations like this are the reason the NHL's instigator penalty should be removed. Avery would not get away with most of his cheap shots if that penalty wasn't in existence.
Had there been no penalty for initiating a fight, Shelley would certainly have destroyed Avery after finding out that he went after Carle.
Avery Ran Away from Shelley, Then Sprayed Gatorade at the Bench
Skip to 1:10.
This was the most intense physical response to Jody Shelley that Avery has displayed in his entire career.
Avery Boarded Micheal Haley, Hid from Zenon Konopka
Avery pushed Haley from behind and into the boards.
After the dirty play, Konopka went over to Avery to challenge him. Avery initially went to drop his gloves, but immediately stopped once he turned and saw who it was.
Avery Challenged a Rookie to a Fight and Got Pounded
Avery attempted to pick a fight with Travis Hamonic, but Micheal Haley found him instead.
Haley landed a solid shot to begin the fight. The punch bloodied Avery and made him spend the rest of the fight hugging Haley while waiting for the linesmen to come in.
Avery Hid from John Erskine, Threw a Cheap Shot at Semyon Varlamov.
Late in the third period of this game, Avery proved to be a coward yet again by getting in the goalie's face, then throwing a punch at Varlamov while the referees protected him from Erskine.
Avery's Escapades Led to an Immediate Rule Change
The very next day after this event, the NHL amended the unsportsmanlike conduct rule to include these terms:
"An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play."
Avery Thought He Deserved a Handshake from a Hall-of-Famer
After Avery's previous exchange with Brodeur, it's not surprise the goalie wanted nothing to do with Avery in the post-series handshake.
Avery's career-high of 18 goals is a feat matched or beaten more than 100 times every season.
Brodeur has won three Stanley Cups, two Olympic Gold Medals, four Vezina Trophies, and holds the single season record for wins by a goaltender.
Avery should learn how the concept of respect works before complaining about a missed handshake.
Avery Couldn't Handle Losing Elisha Cuthbert to Dion Phaneuf
What might be unknown about this interview is the fact that Avery went out of his way to make the comments he did.
Not only were his comments completely disrespectful, not classy, and ungentlemanly, but they were completely random and unprovoked.
Avery apparently doesn't handle breakups very well.
The Only Time Avery Will Ever Share the Spotlight with Jaromir Jagr
When this is slowed down, it's hilarious to see how unnatural it looks.
The classless, disrespectful, embarrassing Avery can't even dive well.