Sean Avery, the Dallas Stars' forward/agitator who was suspended by the NHL yesterday after making crude comments regarding an ex-girlfriend now dating another player, apparently had a rude confrontation with a fan in Boston earlier this season, according to an ESPN.com report.
Wrote ESPN.com's Scott Burnside:
When the Stars were involved in an ugly loss in Boston [a raucous and fight-filled 5-1 Bruins victory] Nov. 1, Avery was involved in an ugly incident with a Bruins fan. According to [a] source, Avery was being heckled by the fan, and as he exited the ice, he stopped and yelled up a string of obscenities at the fan, including comments directed at the fan's female companion. The profane exchange was heard by many in attendance, including a police officer, and prompted complaints to the league. A report was filed to the NHL, but Avery avoided suspension.
Avery was involved in two fights in the third period of that game, first with defenseman Andrew Ference, then with Marc Savard, who came to Milan Lucic's aid after Avery drilled him face-first into the boards. Avery was called for boarding and hit with a 10-minute misconduct penalty. He also received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the second period.