The Book on Avery

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

Sean Avery is getting to the point where the National Hockey League has him on speed dial. The Dallas Stars forward will have yet another meeting with the NHL today after his comments in Calgary on Tuesday morning regarding relationships between NHL players and some of his former girlfriends. Here's a look at some of Avery's missteps, verbal and otherwise, during his time in the NHL:

JULY 2005

As the lockout dragged on, Avery called out then-NHLPA boss Bob Goodenow, saying he was "furious at Bob" and that "Bob thought he was bigger than he was." Avery added: "We (the players) didn't win anything. (The owners) won. They beat us."

SEPTEMBER 2005

After Los Angeles Kings teammate Jeremy Roenick is drilled by Denis Gauthier of the Phoenix Coyotes in a pre-season game, Avery said: "I think it was typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back anything up. I'd think if a guy like Brett Hull was coming up the middle, somebody probably wouldn't have stepped up and hit him, but like I said, a typical move from a guy wearing a visor that certainly doesn't like to get scratched at all."

Later, Avery apologized.

OCTOBER 2005

Georges Laraque of the Edmonton Oilers said Avery used a racial slur against him during a game. Avery denies the claim, saying that Laraque made it up. There was no discipline from the league.

NOVEMBER 2005

Avery is docked $1,000 US by the league after complaining openly about how it handles diving calls.

APRIL 2006

Avery and former NHL goalie Brian Hayward have a verbal confrontation after Hayward, during a broadcast, said Avery avoided a fight with Anaheim Ducks tough guy Todd Fedoruk. Said Avery: "You're the reason the league doesn't have a national television deal. You're a (terrible) announcer and you were a (terrible) player." Responded Hayward: "How would you know? When I played, you were in your third year of eighth grade."

NOVEMBER 2007

Avery gets into it with the Maple Leafs' Jason Blake and Darcy Tucker during a pre-game warmup. Though some claim Avery made a comment about Blake's fight with cancer, others said the brouhaha stemmed from comments made by Avery regarding Tucker's wife.

APRIL 2008

Avery attempts to distract New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur by facing him and waving his stick in front of Brodeur. The NHL acts fast, saying the actions are unsportsmanlike and similar acts in the future will result in a minor penalty, and the rule is called the "Avery Rule." Brodeur refuses to shake hands with Avery after the series is won by the Rangers. Avery calls Brodeur "fatso."

AUGUST 2008

Avery questions why his former team, the Rangers, would spend money on free agents Markus Naslund and Wade Redden. "It's going to be an interesting situation; certainly I'll sit back and watch. New York is a tough place to play. Markus Naslund is going to have a tough time, so is Wade Redden. New York fans aren't going to put up with those guys. I don't think that they're going to live up to the expectations."

OCTOBER 2008

Avery appears on CBC's The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, and among other things, says "Obviously, a lot of things I say is to carry an image I'm trying to uphold but I'm really not an a------ all the time."

NOVEMBER 2008

Stars teammate Mike Modano is stunned after Avery and Steve Ott make fools of themselves in a game in Boston against the Bruins. Said Modano: "It was idiotic and stupid. It was dumb penalties, dumb situations -- that's kind of been the trend all season. If that's what we are going for, then they need to find me an office job."


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