- Posted: 12:42 PM, March 13, 2012
Officially, that is.
The one-time Rangers winger told The Post on Tuesday morning he will embark on his post-hockey career next month with an advertising agency that has a venture capital wing after announcing his retirement Monday night on the online “After Show” of Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live.”
“I am officially retired,” Avery said on the show. “I threw my skates in the Hudson [River].”
Tuesday morning, Avery told The Post, "No, that wasn't a joke; yes I'm retiring at the end of the season, and it's OK.
"I guess that was my retirement press conference."
Avery, who became the People’s Choice while wearing the Blueshirt , is completing the four-year, $15.5 million contract he signed with Dallas in July 2008 before rejoining the Rangers in March 2009.
His return was far less of a success than his first stay on Broadway that began in February 2007, developing into three seasons of discord and disconnect with coach John Tortorella that culminated with this year’s exile to, and effective dismissal from, the AHL Whale.
Avery, who will begin his new job when his NHL contract officially expires on April 15, five days after he celebrates his 32nd birthday, said he never contemplated continuing his hockey career either here or in Europe next season.
“I couldn’t be happier about the situation,” Avery said. “If I ever could have envisioned the perfect post-hockey career for myself, this would be it.”
Avery, who has prior experience with advertising agencies, the fashion industry and in Fashion Week, is feautured in a print ad for Hickey Freeman in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine.
“Eleven years of relationships led me to this point,” he said. “It’s all I could ask for. And it’s the right time.”