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Stars assign Avery to Hartford @NHLdotcom

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -Controversial left wing Sean Avery will resume his hockey career with the New York Rangers' affiliate in Hartford.

The Dallas Stars assigned Avery to the American Hockey League team Tuesday and Avery was practicing with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the morning.

Avery hasn't played since his NHL suspension in December for making a crude remark about other hockey players dating his former girlfriends. He completed treatment in a league counseling program last weekend and cleared waivers Monday.

Avery played for the Rangers before signing a free-agent contract with the Stars last summer.

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