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Hockey players Brendan Shanahan, left, and Sean Avery pose for photos before the Nautica 2008 spring collection is modelled during Fashion Week in New York in September 2007. Avery and a couple of partners plan to open a new nightclub in Manhattan. ((Richard Drew/AP))

Hockey player, super pest, fashionista and now … bar owner?

New York Rangers forward and former Vogue intern Sean Avery is once again expanding the skills section of his resume, this time by venturing into sharing ownership duties at a new nightspot in Tribeca, a neighbourhood in lower Manhattan.

Reports indicate the most "hated man in hockey" and Rangers fan favourite will partner with club owner Matt Abramcyk and Chris Miller, a former art dealer, to open Warren 77, a bar and restaurant at 77 Warren St.

Abramcyk has described the new nightspot as a "sports bar meets country club" with a vintage sports theme.

Abramcyk also runs the Tribeca bar, Smith and Mills, which is where he met Avery.

The club owner recently spoke to the New York Times about facing off against the gritty winger on a backyard rink at the home of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon in Pound Ridge, N.Y.

"I was down and he was on top of me pushing his stick down on me like you see hockey players doing on TV," Abramcyk told the Times.

With this latest venture, Avery joins the ranks of NHL stars Chris Chelios (owner of the Detroit-based Cheli's Chili Bar), and Shayne Corson (former owner of Shayne's 27 in Montreal) as players who have made the crossover to the food and drink business.