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Publisher's Summary

Controversial hockey star Sean Avery's no-holds-barred memoir of high living and bad behavior in the NHL - coupled with the behind-the-scenes glitter of celebrity and media nightlife in New York and LA.

As one of the NHL's most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For 13 seasons Avery played for some of the toughest, most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player that was sometimes loved, often despised, but always controversial.

In Ice Capades, Avery takes his trademark candidness about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton's game-changing Ball Four did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of an athlete's life, from what they do with their money and nights off to how they stay sharp and competitive in the league. While playing the talented villain in the NHL, Avery broke far away from his on-ice character in the off-season, and Ice Capades takes the listener inside the other unexpected and unprecedented roles that Avery inhabited - Vogue intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restauranteur, gay rights advocate, and many more.

Love him or hate him, Sean Avery changed the way professional hockey is played today. Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, Ice Capades transcends the "sports book" genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of 21st century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.

©2017 Sean Avery (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“[Avery’s] voice is energetic and offbeat and his get-real revelations about drugs, team jealousies, and the lingering damage from a violent sport will hold readers’ attentions.” (Publishers Weekly)
 

"Ken Dryden's The Game rewritten by Hunter Thompson...This is the NHL you don't get from post-game scrums." (The Globe and Mail)

"An unusually honest celebrity memoir." (CT Post)  

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A Must for any true hockey fan

I am a die hard Canucks fan...I am bred to hate the Rangers, but Avery's bluntness and story telling had me hooked. The on and off ice antics kept me intrigued. Do yourself a favor and have a listen to this. You will not be sorry...

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outstanding hockey book

I thought this book was going to be less about hockey and more about fashion and Celebrity nonsense but in fact it was a fantastic look into what it's like to be an undrafted player and make it to the show. A really honest look at being an agitator in the NHL in the 2000s. Red Wings Kings and Rangers fans would love this book.

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Sean Avery Turns Audiobook World Upside Down!

Decided to listen to Sean Avery's book after hearing him talk about it on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast. Highly recommend for hockey fans. Avery definitely isn't the most popular guy in the hockey world, but I'm a fan of him and loved hearing his journey through both the sport and life.

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Great Book! Great Insight!

Sean Avery is an interesting person. Loved his evolution as a person. I hated the character he played in the NHL, but would have loved it if he was on my team! Lol.

This book was a delightful surprise & very good from start to finish. I came to love hockey later in life and this book has given me a whole new perspective about what I see when I’m watching & what I thought I knew about the game / players.

Avery’s narration of the book was great. He had a great delivery. His voice, cadence & performance was spot on. I listen to a lot of audio books with a long commute. This was one of the best.

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The story of an NHL agitator

He makes no bones about it. His job was to be the guy everybody hated and he was one of the best at it. He studied players for weaknesses be it in their personal life or game play and used them to get in the heads of his adversaries. Martin Brodeur is a prime example of this which he covers in detail. He does a good job narrating his story and he kept my attention from start to finish. If you're a hockey fan you'll enjoy this book.

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Wind up liking Avery? Whooodathunkit??

I hated Avery when he was playing and wanted nothing more than Phaneuf to claim his head. Loved this book, and now, much like after learning more about Amy Winehouse, respect the guy and wish we had known more behind the scenes while he was still in the league. Can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm sorry he got his career cut short. Never liked Tortarella, but now I loathe him. Using your position to burn down a good career-hopefully karma catches up to Torts, and soon. Can't say much for Sather either. No wonder the Rangers sucked for so long under him. HIghly recommend this book. I smoked through it in a few days. Just got HOOKED!

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Sean Avery is…..

Not only was Sean Avery good at what he does, hearing his story about how he took on the NHLs bull S*%# he took the high road and the road less traveled to do what every young hockey player dreams of, he made an impact and a difference. His story should be heard to people who already made an opinion about him, cause if you’re against what he stood for, hopefully you wake the f@& up.
Good for you Sean, by taking your resources and understanding there are far more important things to life outside the rink, and thank you for speaking up about equal rights.

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Amazing listen for more than just hockey fans!

An amazing listen. Narrated by Avery himself. If you love hockey or if you don't, this book is great. Gives a real in depth view of the mistreatment of athletes by their peers and management. A lot of fun stories. mostly off the ice. If you're not a fan of Avery, then honestly this book is perfect for you.

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Foe to Fan

Like many other hockey fans, his appearance on ice made me cringe. Listening to Sean Avery tell his own story, in his own voice where you can hear his honesty will have you mustering a great deal of admiration for him as a person...and getting some good laughs from him as a player.

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Great read!

As a Flyers fan I was never a fan of Sean Avery the player. Through social media I have become a fan of Sean Avery the person. It was great to get inside detail of the ins and outs of being a hockey player.