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Avery suspended over ‘sloppy’ remarks

AP , DALLAS

The NHL suspended Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery indefinitely on Tuesday for making 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 late on Tuesday.

He approached a group of reporters, asked if a camera was present, then said he wanted to say one thing: “I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada. 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.”

Avery’s ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, was dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf and had been romantically linked to Mike Komisarek of the Canadiens.

Hours after Avery spoke, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the punishment, saying Avery made “inappropriate public comments.”

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