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Hartford Wolfpack Teammates and Staff think Sean Avery is a Swell Guy

posted Feb 13, 2009, 9:20 AM by Steven Seagal   [ updated Feb 15, 2009, 11:33 AM ]
On Tuesday Sean Avery made the necessary steps back into the NHL by officially joining the NY Rangers AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack. Avery was suspended by NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman for remarks made about Avery's former girlfriend. This came as the coup de grâce to the Dallas Stars organization after Avery did not mesh well with teammates and staff. After serving his suspension, Avery seems to have learned from his mistakes and is sincere in his efforts to be a better teammate but more importantly a better person.
Hartford head coach Ken Gernander was at first hesitant to have Avery on his team but now seems smitten with him. "Sean is a changed man. In fact, my wife and I invited him over for dinner last night." Gernander told media members after Tuesday's practice.  Gernander then told the press "Sean walked in with his sunglasses on and after I introduced him to my redheaded wife, Jeannie, he asked if the carpet matches the drapes. I told him to take off his sunglasses and take a look for himself. Sean said that he promised he would after a few drinks with Jeannie later on in the night. He really is a sweetheart once you get to know him".
Wolfpack captain Greg Moore echoed the same sentiments about Avery. Moore, who hails from Lisbon, ME, told him so much in the locker room and Avery merely shrugged his shoulders and said "Who cares?". Moore went on to say "He didn't even care where I was from! In this world people are so quick to judge you on where you're from or where you live instead of who you are on the inside. Not Sean though. He likes people for who they are."
One of the newest members of the Wolfpack, Brian Fahey, was eager to meet Avery because he "hoped to learn some pointers on making it to the NHL". Avery simply told Fahey to get him an Evian, after which Fahey quickly complied. Fahey said "He hasn't taught me much yet, he just has me running errands for him, picking up his dry cleaning, walking his dog, you know, Mr. Miyagi kind of stuff. But we're turning the corner though, like just the other morning I came home and he was in my apartment with my girlfriend". Fahey then excitedly said "I'll be in the NHL in no time with Sean as my tutor."
When current NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lunqvist heard these stories, he tersely said "Avery is a fucking prick, I hope he chokes on his own dick".