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NY Ranger Sean Avery to Body Check Vogue

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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SCORING AN INTERNSHIP Avery on and off (inset) the ice The fashion world in general—and Vogue in particular—needs a dose of hockey. And Sean Avery might at long last marry haute couture with slap-shot shit-talk.

"The Animal," who signed with the New York Rangers last year for $1.9 million, has reportedly scooped up a coveted summer internship at Vogue, the result of a blind pitch he wrote to editrix Anna Wintour herself. Since word of the internship came out in Page Six-comma-The Magazine and the New Yorker, fashion and media types have questioned his qualifications, which seem on the surface to be limited to the ownership of patent-leather Yves Saint-Laurent high tops and a Calvin Klein throw, a general interest in fashion, and a desire to "smell nice occasionally." Beyond the fact that the publicity from all of this will surely help him reach his $4 million salary goal when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, we say a guy who's made a career as an enforcer balanced atop sharpened blades is perfectly suited for the position:

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