Sean Christopher Avery (born April 10, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.During his career in the National Hockey League (NHL), he played left wing for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, gaining recognition for his agitating playing style and controversial behaviour both on and off the ice.The Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup that season, but Avery did not play in the playoffs nor did he play the required 41 games to get his name engraved on the Cup.Midway through the 2002–03 season, Avery was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.
He cut down on penalty minutes by about 65% in 2006–07 compared to seasons past.
With three games remaining, the Kings unofficially suspended Avery for the remainder of the season after he refused to do a drill in practice.
Nevertheless, the team re-signed him to a one-year deal.
In 2003–04, Avery played 76 games for the Kings, scoring 9 goals to go along with 19 assists. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Avery briefly played in the Finnish Elite League with the Lahti Pelicans, and in the United Hockey League for the Motor City Mechanics.
Along with 149 penalty minutes in just 16 games, he tallied 26 points for the Mechanics, including two hat tricks, making him the first player in Mechanics history to record two hat tricks in one season.