Sports Speaker Sean Avery is a former NHL left wing who played for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, and New York Rangers during his 12-year career. Avery became recognized for his aggressive playing style on the ice, and since retiring he has done work in modeling, films, television, and advertising.
Avery began his career in the NHL during the 2001-2002 season, playing 36 games with the Red Wings and 36 games in the minor league. Avery was later traded to the Kings midway through the 2002-2003 season, and in 2003-2004 Avery scored 9 goals and 19 assists for the Los Angeles Kings. During the 2004-2005 lockout, Avery played in the Finnish Elite League and the United Hockey League. In the United Hockey League, Avery tallied 26 points and two hat tricks; he became the first player to record two hat tricks during one season in team history. After the lockout, Avery notably scored 20 points in 29 games to help the New York Rangers qualify for the 2006-2007 playoffs. In 2008, Avery notably scored a goal 10 seconds into a home game, setting a record for the fastest goal scored by a Ranger on home ice. By the end of his 12-year career in 2012, Avery had scored 90 goals and 247 points.
After retiring, Sports Speaker Sean Avery began working as a chief strategic officer for Lipman, an advertising and creative agency in New York City. With Lipman, Avery helped develop campaign strategies for high-end shoe company Stuart Weitzman and 7 For All Mankind Jeans. In addition to working in advertising, Avery has also done modeling work for suit manufacturer Hickey Freeman and denim brand 7 For All Mankind; his work has appeared in Vanity Fair, DC Modern Luxury, and other magazines. Avery has made a number of major appearances on television as well, appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, Project Runway: All Stars, and Fashion Police. In 2007, Avery was featured on People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive list. Avery is an active same-sex marriage activist, having recorded a video for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign and lobbied politicians prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State; he is believed to be the first athlete in New York to publicly support same-sex marriage. In 2012, Avery joined the board of directors for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness about and end homophobia and transphobia in sports. Avery appeared in the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars, partnering with Karina Smirnoff.