Sean Avery attempting hockey comeback with ECHL's Solar Bears

Former New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16) is attempting a comeback with the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears. (Frederick Breedon/AP)

Former NHLer Sean Avery is attempting a pro hockey comeback 10 years after his final season.

Avery 41, has signed a contract with the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears – an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In a statement, the Solar Bears say Avery will begin on the team's reserve list. The team has 24 games remaining this season with the final one coming on April 16.

An infamous tough guy, the undrafted Avery appeared in 580 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, collecting 247 points and 1,533 penalty minutes over 10 seasons. His career totals were 90 goals and 157 assists for 247 points.

The Toronto native last played in 2011-12, when he appeared in 15 games with the Rangers and seven with the AHL's Connecticut Whale.

Since retiring he has acted, most notably in Christopher Nolan's 2020 feature Tenet. He also competed on ABC's Dancing With The Stars in 2014.

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