Following the Bill Peters scandal in which former players alleged he directed racist slurs and physical abuse toward players, retired NHLer Sean Avery came forward and said he was kicked by another NHL coach.
The former Kings forward told the New York Post that during his three-year tenure with Los Angeles, he was kicked by then-head coach Marc Crawford, who now serves as an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“This was right after I [messed] up a drill and dumped the puck into the wrong corner, and it landed on [Crawford’s] head and cut him for six [stitches]. He kicked me during a game,” Avery said in the interview.
Avery explained that he was kicked during a game — which writer Larry Brooks traced back to a Dec. 23, 2006 matchup between Los Angeles and Nashville — when he took a penalty for too many men on the ice. The Predators scored on the ensuing power play, after which Avery said Crawford “let me have it.”
“You know I stand at the end of the bench? He came down and gave me an a— kick that left a mark,” Avery added.
In February 2007, Avery was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Jason Ward, Marc-Andre Cliche, Jan Marek and a pair of prospects. Crawford, who served as the bench boss for the Kings from 2006 to 2008, missed the playoffs twice with the team before being fired and moving on to coach the Dallas Stars.
In a total of 580 career NHL games, Avery registered 90 goals and 247 points before he retired in 2012.
Last season, Crawford served as the interim head coach for the Ottawa Senators before joining the Blackhawks as an assistant in the summer.
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