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Avery, Fallon share laughs on 'Late Night'

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Rangers forward Sean Avery appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night and talked about a number of topics, including his trip to the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee and his involvement with the Career Gear charity.

Rangers winger Sean Avery held his own in some banter with "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon on Monday, as he made his first appearance on the show that Fallon began hosting in March.
Avery chatted with Fallon for several minutes before Fallon surpised the 29-year-old Blueshirts winger by challenging him to an accuracy-shooting contest. Fallon agreed to donate the suit he was wearing to Career Gear, an organization that gives job-interview clothes to the homeless and others trying to get a fresh start in life, if Avery won the shootout.

If Avery lost the shootout, Fallon said Avery would have to put on a Philadelphia Flyers jersey to honor the members of his show's band, The Roots, who hail from Philadelphia.

Avery accepted the challenge and went on to easily defeat Fallon in the shootout, breaking four of five targets before Fallon had broken his first.

Fallon introduced Avery as a star player for the New York Rangers. Avery, wearing a leather jacket, then joined Fallon on stage and spoke about the Bonnaroo event, which he said he attended for the fifth time this year.

"It was probably the greatest weekend I have ever had, but I say that every year," Avery said of the festival.

Fallon told Avery how happy he was to see No. 16 back on the Rangers last season after a brief stint with the Dallas Stars.

"I learned a good lesson the hard way, but for some reason I got pulled back here," Avery said of his return to New York. "This is home."

In addition to his Bonnaroo experiences, Avery also talked about his internship at Vogue magazine last summer, as well as his work with Career Gear this year.

"You're like the Martha Stewart of hockey," Fallon told Avery.

Avery said he spent three days on a bus enjoying the festival and even hung out a bit with Philadelphia Flyers rival Joffrey Lupul. He noted that in the regular-season finale at Philadelphia he had been drawn into a fight by Lupul, but accidentally went after Lupul's teammate, Scott Hartnell. Nevertheless, Avery noted that hockey players leave their hard feelings on the ice.

"I didn't get the right guy, which was Lupul, who was on the bus next door to me (at Bonnaroo)," said Avery. "But we hugged it out before the weekend started."
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