Dallas Stars enforcer Sean Avery is used to getting docked ice time for his behavior on the ice.
And now he is going to learn how the league deals with his actions away from the job.
Commissioner Gary Bettman has suspended Avery indefinitely for “making inappropriate public comments not pertaining to the game.”
Avery missed Tuesday’s game against the Calgary Flames, and most certainly will sit out today’s game in Edmonton.
Dallas co-general manager Brett Hull was adamant about where he stands on this latest entry in the Sean Avery: Love or Leave Him sweepstakes.
“More than anything, he let his teammates down," said a disappointed Hull.
Despite all the antics and tomfoolery Avery has displayed while in uniform, this is the first time he has been suspended by the NHL.
Okay now comes the fun part.
(Come on, tell us already.)
Here is the scenario that has been reported, and was heard by yours truly, on “Elliott in the Morning,” my local radio show.
Avery completed his morning skate in Calgary, and approached a group of reporters, and asked if there was a camera present.
When told there was, this is what came flying out of his filthy mouth.
“I’m really happy to be back in Calgary. I love Canada.”
Wait for it.
“I just want to comment on how it is become like a common thing for hockey players to date my ex-girlfriends, my sloppy seconds.”
“I don’t know what that’s about, but enjoy the game.”
Then he walked away from the locker room.
So it appears Mr. Wonderful, is a gentleman in all phases of his life.
His ex-girlfriend is Elisha Cuthbert, of "24" fame.
She is currently dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, and has previously been romantically linked with Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens.
Phaneuf chimed in to defend his woman’s honor, and rebuke the negative stink, Avery has created amongst the hockey world.
“My thoughts were this was a very disrespectful comment, and the league took action, and I definitely agree with the way they took action.”
This is what I think he should have said.
“I am her daddy now, partner, so do not bring the noise, when you cannot handle your own business.”
Phaneuf is smarter than I and Avery, and kept his response civil.
Choir boys finish first. I like this motto for the new NHL.
Hey, at least there are still legal fisticuffs and below-the-belt hits to look forward to each game.
Hockey fans, pencil in the Calgary-Dallas game on February 2.
Who knows, Avery might actually be able to make it, barring any death threats he is thinking about lobbying against Commissioner Bettman.
Till then, shut up dude!