Sean Avery rips Islanders fans' Tavares treatment in expletive-filled rant

Mar 2 2019, 6:31 am

Toronto Maple Leafs fans have never loved Sean Avery more than at this very moment.

A day after John Tavares was ripped to shreds by New York Islanders fans in his return to Long Island, Avery had some strong opinions on the subject.

Islanders fans came prepared to make things uncomfortable for Tavares in his first game back, arriving with signs, props, and creative chants. They booed him mercilessly all night, including during his tribute video, and threw snakes and a jersey at him during warmup.

Avery, who is no stranger to being enemy No. 1 on Long Island, wasn’t impressed.

The controversial ex-player, who appeared in 580 NHL regular season games for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and Dallas Stars went on an expletive-filled rant in defence of Tavares, calling out Islanders fans on Instagram.


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“[Tavares] played 10 years in that f*cking dump, with those sh*tty fans,” Avery said. “He didn’t say a word, was a great captain, never got arrested. Didn’t say f*cking boo. You losers want to ruin his night coming back to play for you guys? What was he supposed to do?”

“You f*cking greasy Islander f*cks. You guys get out-cheered in your own barn by Rangers fans every time the Rangers play the Islanders in Long Island.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory also leant his support to Tavares, albeit in a much less aggressive way.

Leafs Nation has been showing the love for Tavares on social media today, using the hashtag #TavaresDayTO.

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