Report: Former NHLer Sean Avery arrested following traffic stop

Former NHLer Sean Avery was arrested Sept. 30 following a traffic stop in Southampton, N.Y. The former New York Rangers left winger was charged with criminal mischief and criminal possession of a controlled substance, but Avery’s lawyer says the former NHLer has a prescription for the medications.

Former NHL left winger Sean Avery was arrested last week following a routine traffic stop in Southampton, N.Y., but has since been released on bail.

According to the report from The Southampton Press, Avery, 35, was pulled over at a routine traffic stop by Southampton Village Police on Sept. 30. He was arrested at the traffic stop and, according to, “was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.”

The criminal mischief charges stem from Avery allegedly throwing objects at vehicles which were passing by him. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that Avery was in possession of acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.

Avery was then taken into custody and transported to Southampton Village Police headquarters, where he was later released on $500 bail and issued a ticket to appear in court at a later date.

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Following news of his arrest becoming public Tuesday, Avery took to his Twitter account to post a list of what appears to be his prescriptions, saying it was, “pretty disgusting,” he had to post the list.

In speaking with the New York Post, Avery’s lawyer, Edward Burke, Jr., added that Avery, “has prescriptions for the medications that were the basis of this charge.”

Avery’s NHL career spanned 580 games, over which time he played for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Dallas Stars. He finished his career with 90 goals, 247 points and 1,533 penalty minutes.