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December 02, 2008

The NHL Is No Longer Ace of Spades Lifestyle Compliant

I love hockey. A lot. But I have to say this story disgusts me.

Sean Avery was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Tuesday, hours after the Dallas Stars forward made a crude reference to former girlfriends while talking with reporters.

Avery's inflammatory comments came following a morning skate in Calgary, Alberta, where the Stars were to play the Flames on Tuesday night. Reporters were waiting to speak with him about disparaging remarks he'd made last month about Flames star Jarome Iginla when Avery walked over to the group and asked if there was a camera present. When told there was, he said, "I'm just going to say one thing."

"I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada," he said. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight."

He then walked out of the locker room.

Avery's ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert of the television show "24" and the movie "Old School," is dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf; she had been romantically linked to Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens. Avery also dated Rachel Hunter, the former "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit cover model and actress who is now the girlfriend of Los Angeles Kings center Jarrett Stoll.

That can get you suspended in the NHL now? It's not like Avery shot someone or himself. He didn't take any performance enhancing drugs. If Avery was going to be suspended for anything it should be his odd fixation with women's fashion but mouthing off about your ex-girlfriend dating an opponent?

If Bobby Clarke and Essa Tikkanen were dead they'd be spinning in their graves.

Below the fold, a tribute to the Old Time Hockey we knew and loved. May it rest in peace.


(Language warning, it is Slap Shot after all)

BTW-Slap Shot is the best sports move bar none. You can make a case of other films but you'll just look like an idiot and you'll still be wrong.

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