As I was scrolling through my regular hockey sites on a slow Thursday morning I came across a very intriguing story that I wasn't expecting. Dismayed by the notion that there won't be any REAL hockey played for many days, I felt the need to share this story with the Banter faithful. I saw it this morning but had other obligations, and was actually surprised that there was no mention of it on the Banter when I checked back at night.
Sean Avery is a special kind of NHL player. He's not the best skater, not the best shooter, not the best passer, not the best fighter, not the best teammate (depending on who you talk to). He's not a penalty kill specialist or a power play specialist. However, he holds a special place on this year's exciting Rangers squad and he is still the best in the league at getting under the skin of the oppostion's elite. And this story is all about skin.
As many know, Avery twilights as a fashion forward, shoe loving (women's), doll collecting, runway watching individual who went so far as interning at Vogue in the offseason. More power to him. He pulls it off. He's one of those few non-star (talent wise) hockey players who are able to make a national name for themselves. His antics, comments, and extracurriculars tend to gain national exposure, and he attracts top level talent such as Elisha Cuthbert and Rachel Hunter. So it's no surprise that people want to use his controversial celebrity for good.
So to get to the point, Marc Jacobs (a famous designer) chose to use Sean for his cancer awareness campaign. Skin cancer to be specific. Many other high profile celebrities are involved but I won't bore you with their names. This is about Sean Avery. Kudos to all involved in this creative, provocative endeavor, especially the people who reached out to Sean. The tag line "Protect Your Largest Organ" is very clever, and once you see the t-shirt you'll know that Aves is protecting his organ, but definitely not his biggest.
Here is the link to check out Puck Daddy's story:
I lost my mother to cancer and I'm sure many out there have lost loved ones as well. I hope people in the hockey community begin seeing Sean Avery for what he is....an asshole on the ice and a damn good dude off the ice. I say asshole in the most endearing way because we need assholes on the ice in hockey, especially if they play for the Rangers. That's hockey baby!! Please contribute to cancer awareness and research. The percentage of people who suffer is too great.