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Sean Avery

Sean Avery had 24 points and 174 penalty minutes in 76 games last season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Sean Avery had 24 points and 174 penalty minutes in 76 games last season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Status: New York Rangers right winger/left winger.

Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 195 pounds.

DOB: April 10, 1980 In: North York, Ont.

Hockey Inspirations: "Brett Hull was always my favorite player growing up, so I'd say him."

Early Hockey Memory: "Probably my best one was (attending) my first NHL game. It was 1992 and it was a playoff game between Toronto and St. Louis. My favorite player was Brett Hull and he got a hat trick that game."

Nicknames: "Not gonna tell you. Too many that I don't like (smiles)."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "Big music guy in the off-season. A lot of concerts and festivals, cruising around, checking out shows."

First Job: "Hockey school, working at a hockey school."

First Car:
"A 1988 Audi. (Color?) It was between brown and purple. I'm not sure what you would call it."

Favorite Movies:
"Favorite movie all-time - probably Big Chill."

Musical Tastes: "Neil Young's my favorite. I'm all over the map."

Favorite Meal: "I like Indian food. Probably a good chicken tikka masala."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Chocolate."

Pre-game Feeling:
"Just try to stay loose, kinda not get too nervous or wound up."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Getting traded to New York."

Most Painful Moment: "Haven't had one yet."

Closest Hockey Friends: "Too many to count, too many to name."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Funniest looking? (smiles) I don't know, there's a lot of funny guys."

Favorite Athletes To Watch: "I like to watch Michael Vick. He's always been exciting to watch. Not a big baseball guy. Not a big sports guy."

Favorite Arena(s) To Play: "Madison Square Garden. That's easy."

Last Halloween Costume: "What was it...I don't know. I'm not a big commercial holiday guy."

Worst Injury: "Nothin' real bad yet. Knock on wood."

Favorite Uniforms: "Either us or Detroit."

Funny Hockey Memory: "Too many. It's usually me doing the funny stuff to everyone else. (Any revenge on you?) No. No. They don't want to feel the wrath (smiles)."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Probably scoring on my own goal when I was younger, 10 or 11."

People Qualities Most Admired: "Biggest thing - probably individuality. I like that. People be their own person."

Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski's second book "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew" will be available on www.amazon.com in September. Malinowski is the creator of two websites: www.thebiofile.com and www.tennis-prose.com

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