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Sean Avery says former Kings coach Marc Crawford kicked him during a game

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As we continue to learn more about Bill Peters allegedly assaulting players during his time in Carolina, Sean Avery has joined the conversation with a similar story about former Kings coach Marc Crawford.

Avery, who retired after the 2011-12 season, told Larry Brooks of the New York Post that Crawford kicked him during a game while the two were with the Kings in 2006-07.

“He kicked me after a too-many-men-on-the-ice call I took,” Avery said. “He didn’t have me serve it, we got scored on, and he let me have it.”

The incident occurred on December 23, 2006 against Nashville, according to Brooks. The Kings were handed a too-many-men penalty at 19:18 of the second period, during which J.P. Dumont scored the Predators’ sixth goal in a 7-0 victory.

After the goal, Avery said that Crawford came down to the end of the bench to deliver a message.

“You know how I stand at the end of the bench? He came down and gave me an ass kick that left a mark.”

According to Brooks, Avery found the incident more bemusing than upsetting at the time, and believes it wasn’t the reason for his trade to the New York Rangers later that season.

“That was because I squared off with and tried to fight Mark Hardy, who was one of our assistant coaches, on the ice.”

Crawford is now an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Avery’s accusation comes days after Bill Peters was fired from his role as head coach of the Calgary Flames after he was accused of making racist remarks and physically abusing players. Former NHLer Akim Aliu took to Twitter to reveal that Peters had directed racist remarks towards him when the two were with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in 2019-10.

The next day, former Hurricanes defenceman Michal Jordan shared a story on Twitter that alleged Peters was physically abusive and kicked him and punched another player in the head during a game several years ago.





I sure hope no one takes this one seriously because Crawford is a good guy, Avery deserves it, and that's sports.

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13 minutes ago, VegasCanuck said:

Well, as much as I don’t believe in that type of coaching, if ever there was a player that deserved to get kicked......

If you can't take ripping from the coach, how you going to take trash talking on the ice?

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1 hour ago, VegasCanuck said:

Well, as much as I don’t believe in that type of coaching, if ever there was a player that deserved to get kicked......

He never really injured anybody on the ice (to my knowledge).  Granted, his mouth was like a sewer but he was mouthy D-bag vs a player like Carcillo who did some real cheap stuff on the ice to hurt other players (yes, he has attempted to 'redeem' himself & credit to him for trying to go back on the 'right path'....but that doesn't change he was a Brad Marchand type of player when he was a NHLer).


Do I feel sad he got kicked in the butt though?  Nah.

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