New York Rangers Reborn at Twilight

Martin AverySenior Writer IMarch 22, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers tries to screen Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils during game three of the 2008 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 13, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The many connections between the New York Rangers and the movie based on the novel Twilight are eerie. I made the connection when I read an article that quoted Sean Avery saying he preferred playing in Madison Square Garden at night.

He said he liked his first two home games since rejoining the Rangers, winning against the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers in afternoon games, but he looked forward to playing in New York at night.

Twilight is a 2008 American romantic-fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.

The New York Rangers are a 2009 Cinderella team directed by John Tortorella based on the team of the same name created by GM John Sather.

The film stars Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, a teenage girl who falls in love with vampire Edward Cullen, portrayed by Robert Pattinson.

The hockey team stars Sean Avery as "Killer" Dill. Or you could say the Rangers fall for a hockey player villified as some kind of vampire, portrayed by Avery.

Seventeen-year-old Bella Swan moves from Arizona to Forks, a small town on Washington state's rugged coast, to live with her father, Charlie, after her mother remarries to a minor league baseball player.

Avery moved from Dallas, Texas to New York City to play hockey with the New York Rangers after the NHL suspended him and he played his way back via the AHL.

Swan is quickly befriended by many students at her new high school.
Avery quickly became the fan favourite at Madison Square Garden.

Bella sits next to a vampire in Biology class on her first day of school; he appears to be disgusted by her.

Avery has a mysterious chemistry with the Rangers. The Dallas Stars appeared to be disgusted by him. He is embraced by New York.

Bella is nearly struck by a van in the school parking lot. Edward inexplicably moves from some feet away and stops the vehicle with one hand.

The Rangers stopped scoring. Avery inexplicably scored a goal-a-game for three games. He scored his second goal against the Philadelphia Flyers with just one hand.

Edward refuses to explain this act to Bella and warns her against becoming friends with him.

Avery won't talk about what it was that changed him. Skeptics warn the Rangers not to trust him and they predict he will eventually explode.

Bella eventually discovers that Edward is a vampire, though he only consumes animal blood.

The comatose Rangers re-awaken and feast on the Bruins, Predators, Flyers, Canadiens, Sabres...

Three nomadic vampires—James, Victoria, and Laurent—arrive. 

After Avery returned, the Rangers traded for Nik Antropov and Derek Morris.

Upon returning to Forks, Bella and Edward attend their school prom.

The Rangers plan to go to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

At the prom, Bella expresses her desire to become a vampire, which Edward refuses.

The Rangers are playing more and more like Avery, as though filled with his energy.

The film ends with Victoria secretly watching the pair dancing, plotting revenge for her lover James' murder.

New Jersey Devils fans watch the Rangers dancing, plotting revenge for their first round playoff defeat last year and The Avery Rule.


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