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Sean Avery
Sean Avery
Left Wing
(SHAWN AY vree)
Number: 16
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 10, 1980
Birthplace: North York, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on September 21, 1999.
Sean Avery was born April 10, 1980 in Pickering, Ontario. A graduate of the Ontario Hockey League's Owen Sound Platers and Kingston Frontenacs, Avery had a career year in his final season of junior hockey with the Frontenacs in 1999-2000, recording 84 points.

The Pickering, Ontario native signed as a free agent with the Red Wings prior to the 1999-2000 OHL season and joined the Wings AHL affiliate in Cincinnati in 2000-01 racking up over 300-plus penalty minutes and finishing sixth in the AHL.

In 2001-02 Avery made his NHL debut with the Red Wings, playing in 36 games while spending the other half of the season with Cincinnati. Avery jumped between Detroit and the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2002-03, before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a deal that brought rearguard Mathieu Schneider to the Motor City.

Upon his arrival with the Kings, Avery continued to play a gritty game and in 2003-04 led the league in penalty minutes with 261. He later set career highs in goals (15), assists (24) and points (39) in 2005-06 and again led the league in minutes spent in the penalty box.

In 2005-06 Avery would go on to set new career highs with 15 goals, 24 assists for 39 points while once again leading the league in penalty minutes. The following season Avery appeared in 55 games with the Kings before he was dealt to the New York Rangers with John Seymour in exchange for Jason Ward, Marc-Andrew Cliché and Jan Marek.

Through two seasons in New York, Avery proved to be a key contributor offensively while he continued to be one of the league's top superpests. The 2007-08 season in particular proved to be a very interesting one for Avery and the Rangers. After returning from wrist surgery, Avery went on to record 33 points in just 57 games and helped the Blueshirts into the NHL playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, Avery's antics were displayed during a Ranger's two-man advantage. Facing New Jersey's goaltender Martin Brodeur, Avery waived his arms and stick in the air in a distraction attempt. The move was legal at the time, however a day later the league made a statement that any form of this action in future would result in an unsportsmanlike penalty. After the Rangers eliminated the Devils, Avery's season would come to an end when he was sent to the hospital to repair a lacerated spleen.

In summer of 2008, Avery signed a four-year, $15.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars, though he would only appear in 23 games for the club. Controversy plagued his time in the "Lone Star State" and he was subsequently waived by the Stars and assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. Eventually, Avery would find his way back to Rangers organization after be claimed off waivers by the club on March 3, 2009.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80