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Sean Avery starts internship at Vogue: report

Sean Avery, the colourful and sometimes controversial New York Rangers forward who has expressed a desire to be a fashion magazine editor, has started his internship with the publication this week, according to a report.

Sean Avery wasn't kidding.

The colourful and sometimes controversial New York Rangers forward, who has expressed a desire to be a fashion magazine editor, has started his internship with the industry's most influential publication this week, according to a report.

Women's Wear Daily has reported that Avery, 28, started an internship with Vogue on Monday. According to the report, Avery was attending meetings and getting exposure to all aspects of the magazine.

The possibility of Avery interning with Vogue first surfaced several weeks ago. The magazine denied Avery, whose salary last season was $1.9 million US, was getting paid for his time.

"He is ridiculously obsessed with fashion," Avery's publicist, Nicole Chabot, told ABCNews.com in April. "He loves it more than anything in the world. It's something he has always wanted to do."

Avery, one of the few NHLers ever to have his own publicist, has previously called hockey players boring. He has been linked romantically with Elisha Cuthbert and other young actresses.

Even by Avery's standards, it has been an active several months. This season he:

  • Threatened to sue and received an apology from a Toronto sports radio station that reported he directed a slur at Maple Leaf Jason Blake, who has leukemia.
  • Forced the NHL to issue a special edict regarding unsportsmanlike conduct after waving his stick by the head of New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur for several seconds.
  • Suffered a lacerated spleen that ended his playoff campaign prematurely.

Avery had surgery, and New York was subsequently eliminated in five games by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs.

Despite his host of interests, Avery's play didn't suffer this past season and the unrestricted free agent is expected to command a big raise come July 1, either with the Rangers or elsewhere.