50. The Sean Avery Rule Change

Date: 4/13/2008
Key Players: Sean Avery, New York Rangers
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Avery was already one of the NHL's most hated players when the league forever cemented his notoriety by creating a new rule in direct response to his agitation tactics. The so-called "Avery Rule" was instituted the day after the Rangers' left winger used a bizarre stick-waving technique to distract Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur. We guess "two minutes for being an utter cunt" wasn't a possibility.

After the Rangers eliminated the Devils in the series, Brodeur refused to shake Avery's hand.