Rivalry renewed: Brodeur, Avery exchange jabs

Sean Avery (left) and Martin Brodeur (right) developed a rivalry during a heated 2008 playoff series and it spilled over onto Twitter after Avery was voted off Dancing With The Stars earlier this week. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Sean Avery hasn’t played in the NHL since 2011, but his rivalry with Martin Brodeur lives on.

Brodeur called out the former New York Rangers forward for “embarrassing himself” during Avery’s brief appearance on Dancing With The Stars.

“I didn’t watch – I don’t watch those shows – but I was watching NHL Network and they mentioned it,” Brodeur told NJ.com.

“What more could he do to embarrass himself?” Brodeur said. “There it is!”

Avery, who has never been a big fan of Brodeur, responded to the New Jersey Devils goaltender on Twitter.

“Woke up beside a #Supermodel to hear news that #Fatso made a comment….@DancingABC equals Thousands of $ for charity,” Avery tweeted before later deleting it.

Avery later took a personal shot at Brodeur on Twitter.

The New Jersey Devils goaltender’s rivalry with Avery became prominent during the 2008 playoffs. During one game, Avery repeatedly screened the Devils goalie by waving his stick in the air, forcing the NHL to quickly create “The Avery Rule” to ban the act.

“I’ve played for 15 years in this league,” Brodeur said after a 2008 playoff game. “I’ve been watching games for 33 years. I had never seen that in my life. I don’t think that kind of behaviour should be done in front of the net, but there is no rule for it.”

The pesky forward frequently referred to Brodeur as “fatso” during that playoff series.

Avery and his partner Karine Smirnoff were one of the two couples to be eliminated from this seasons’s series of Dancing With The Stars.

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