Here is an example of why Sean Avery is one of the most hated players in the NHL. After Avery hit Colin Fraser during a weekend game with the Oilers, Edmonton defender Ladislav Smid exchanged a few words with Avery and skated off when he was apparently rebuffed. But it seems Avery had a change of heart the moment Smid skated away, and decided to sucker punch Smid when he had his defenses down. Apparently Smid asked Avery to fight three times. and he said ‘next shift' before sucker punching him.
The benches-clearing brawl that ensued resulted in penalties for eight players adding up to 126 minutes.