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The Adventures of Sean Avery

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The NHL's most notorious agitator's 10-year career is full of on-ice antics and off-ice imbroglios. "I like to push it to the edge, no doubt about it," Sean Avery told ESPN in 2008."That's how I play. That's how I live. That's what I'm all about." He's a big hit on Broadway with New York Rangers fans, if not coach John Tortorella, but an odder hockey duck is hard to find. He's also a restaurateur, fashionista and gossip column staple. The gash on his lip landed him on People magazine's 2007 "Sexiest Scars" list. He's painted his fingernails to intimidate foes in hockey fights."Some people question whether I'm straight; others give me compliments. Some women find it a turn-on," Avery wrote in his 2008 diary for Vogue magazine. "My teammates are very supportive and cool about my interest in fashion -- sometimes they even ask for my advice on what to wear. But I'd be lying to you if I said that I don't take some verbal abuse from opposing players for the clothes I wear, or for my interest in something -- 'fashion' -- that I think sounds a little frightening to narrow-minded blockheads."

The Sean Avery saga is ever unfolding. Here are the highlights (and lowlights) far.

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