"Avery, who is from Pickering, Ont., and played in the Ontario Hockey League, said a junior hockey player's focus on the game to the exclusion of everything else is 'terrible.'It is welcome to hear someone who is an active player actually articulate the reality of hockey's economic system (loose definition). It has made the players richer, but haven't necessary enriched them.
“ 'I didn't go to school,' he said. 'I dropped out at Grade 9. I didn't learn to play the piano. I didn't read Moby Dick. I didn't read anything.' ”
Good on Avery for saying something interesting. And, yes, he dissed Don Cherry.
"Avery said he used to defend Cherry to European teammates.(Link via James Mirtle.)
“ 'The European guys hated him, but I always stuck up for him,' he said. 'I said, ‘it's Grapes'. You've got to love him. But he would bash the European guys.
"And there are a lot of great European players. They may not be the toughest guys in the world, but they still bring an exciting part to the game.
“ 'I'm just over with him.' ”
Avery sour on Grapes (William Houston, globesports.com)