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Sean Avery actually announced his retirement on Bravo

Mar 13, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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Sean Avery has forever been a player to do things his own way. After being sent down to the AHL and banished to stay there by the New York Rangers, Avery picked up a gig on Bravo TV discussing his hobby, fashion.

Last night he actually talked a little bit of hockey on “The Dish” and it wasn’t to critique uniforms. He announced his retirement from the game.

Check out the video from NBC’s more artistic cousin network, Bravo.

It wouldn’t be Avery without making a bold statement in saying his playing days were over as he told the panel,  “I am officially retired. I threw my skates in the Hudson.”

Being the cynics that we are as fans, you had to wonder if Avery was pulling everyone’s leg. Larry Brooks of the New York Post confirmed with Avery that he is indeed done after his contract runs out at the end of the year.

“No, that wasn’t a joke; yes I’m retiring at the end of the season, and it’s OK.

“I guess that was my retirement press conference.”

Now that Avery is slated to become a fashion guru and marketer, he tells Brooks that he couldn’t be happier.

“Eleven years of relationships led me to this point,” he said. “It’s all I could ask for. And it’s the right time.”

Of course, Avery’s agent Pat Morris tells Mark Spector of Sportsnet that his client hasn’t retired from hockey. Like it would be any other way than controversial? Never imitated, never duplicated, and often agitated Sean Avery can at least say he went out of hockey doing it his way.

What a short, strange trip it’s been.

  1. bufordmaddogtannen - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Threw your skates in the Hudson you say? I guess thats ONE thing of his that wont be used second hand.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Well done there! I was going to go with: Hearing Avery was done with the river Dion Phaneuf is now on his way down to the Hudson…

  2. paulsdamnblog - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    And the Hudson yelled ouch. Who cares, he sucked anyway.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Classy exit by a classy guy. Good riddance, Sean, you truly won’t be missed.

  3. nsmiff87 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    He retired because no one liked him or wanted him. He’s also gay

  4. scoops1 - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Sean Avery gay? The guy has slept with hotter girls then all the members of motley Crüe combined

    • jpelle82 - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      lol…seriously? this guy is gayer than a rainbow ribbon maypole

      • nobandwagoners - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        What is all this “gay” slag talk? I’m not only for political correctness and all that but you guys sound seriously like a bunch of neanderthals. Stay classy, eh?

        I didn’t like Avery much as a player with all his antics but I did, at least, admire the guts that he showed in taking a stand against the talk that you guys are so casually throwing about. And as if that has anything to do with ability as a hockey player.

      • galuple - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        If being gay means getting to bang that, then sign me up.

  5. nobandwagoners - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    oops – meant to say: “I’m not ONE for political correctness and all that….”

  6. kitshky - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Thanks to the Dallas Stars at least he was able to make some serious bank but he really could have been much more than he ended up being, he did have talent. That being said … good riddance.

  7. paul621 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Bravo is more artistic? Seriously? Hockey is more artistic than anything on that channel.

  8. lsxphotog - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM


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