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Byline: Rich Hammond Rich Hammond
Los Angeles Daily News sports writer. Instrumental in bringing the Los Angeles Kings hockey organization closer to the fans. He is the atypical "what a guy" to Kings fans everywhere.

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Kings forward Sean Avery's comment Tuesday that the hit on Jeremy Roenick Jeremy Shaffer Roenick (born January 17, 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a professional ice hockey player currently playing for the San Jose Sharks. He has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, and Los Angeles Kings over the course of 18 NHL  by Phoenix's Denis Gauthier Denis Gauthier, Jr (born October 1, 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a professional ice hockey defenceman with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League. Playing career  was ``typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on'' predictably didn't go over well.

Avery apologized for his comments, in which he said some visor-wearing French-Canadians ``don't back anything up'' and don't ``like to get scratched at all,'' but the matter hasn't been easily forgotten.

On Thursday, NHL NHL Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, see there  deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement calling Avery's comments ``insensitive and inappropriate'' and threatening discipline for ``similar misconduct.''

Hours after Avery spoke, Kings general manager Dave Taylor said he would have a ``discussion'' with Avery but that the player would not be disciplined. Not surprisingly, some French-Canadian players reacted angrily.

``It's racism,'' Edmonton's Marc-Andre Bergeron told the Edmonton Sun. ``It doesn't matter if it's about French or black or Chinese, you have to respect everyone.

``I wonder if he'll say that to (Edmonton enforcer) Georges Laraque next time he sees him.''

Colorado forward Ian Laperriere, a former King, told the Rocky Mountain News The Rocky Mountain News is a daily morning tabloid-format newspaper published in Denver, Colorado. It is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. (Despite Scripps still running the paper, it's the only newspaper in the Scripps family not to have the corporate lighthouse logo on  that he approached Avery for a fight during a preseason game last week and that Avery ``just skated away.''

``If he's looking for Looking for

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 a French guy who will back it up, I'm his guy,'' Laperriere told the paper. ``Print it. I'll be more than happy to back it up.

``What really makes me mad is he is taking away too much attention right now. ... He should talk about us being back on the ice instead of saying stupid racial things. It's a racial thing. If he said anything about any other ethnic (group), you'd get fined, suspended. You can't say that.''

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