"Owen Sound G.M. Ray McKelvie recalls, " 'A lot of people had already gotten the idea that he wasn't a team player. It was hard to make a deal that made sense for us, until one night in Kingston he had three (goals) and three (assists). A couple of days later (Kingston G.M. Larry Mavety) and I had a deal. Sean could get people riled up, but he was an excellent player." (emphasis mine.)One of Mavety's trademarks is trading for players based on what they have done vs. the Frontenacs. It is not far off from, "Hey, he scored two goals against us that one time, let's get him." They can't argue with the results -- namely, the fact the team has won less than 40% of its games since Mavety and owner Doug Springer's unholy alliance began a decade ago.
It has even made it as far, however indirectly, as the bible of sports journalism. Seriously, read that Farber piece, it's a beauty.
Meantime, there might be a happy ending for a player whom Mavety did poorly by, former Frontenacs first-rounder Luke Pither. He has been traded to the Belleville Bulls.
(Update: In his first game for Belleville, Pither, the former Frontenacs first-rounder, had five points vs. Oshawa. Meantime, Anthony Peters, who didn't win a game in Kingston this season, ended up getting a shutout out for Saginaw, with fan favourite Kyle Bochek scoring a goal. In the words of Dr. Christopher Turk, "Welcome!")
The Trouble With Sean Avery (Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated; via Torontosportsmedia's Weblog)