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Sean Avery Dancing With The Stars [VIDEO]: Former NHL player joins DWTS cast for upcoming season, full cast revealed

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Mar 04, 2014 10:35 AM EST
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Former NHL pest Sean Avery will join the cast of Dancing With The Stars for season 18. (Photo : Reuters)

Former NHL star Sean Avery is trading in his skates for a pair of dancing shoes as it has been revealed that the ex-NHL pest will join the upcoming cast of Dancing with the Stars.

According to the New York Post, the former Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Dallas Stars forward will join the cast after working with Tracy Anderson, who is Gwyneth Paltrow's trainer.

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The Daily News reported that Avery will be partnered up with Karina Smirnoff when season 18 of the show kicks off on March 17 on ABC.

According to The Daily News, the pairs on the show are Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, Cody Simpson and Witney Carson, Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater, Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov, Leakes and Tony Dovolani, James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd and Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke.

It was rumored that Candace Cameron-Bure of Full House fame would be joining the cast, however she was not listed when the announcement was made Tuesday morning on Good Morning America.

Avery, 33, posted a video online of him showing off the dance moves he learned from Anderson, however the post has since been deleted.

According to Hollywood Life, Avery wasn't the only athlete to be asked to join the cast this season as former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Louis were also asked to join the cast but apparently declined.

Avery spent 10 years in the NHL, putting up 247 points in 580 games while scoring 90 goals and notching 157 assists.

According to Celebritycafe.com, other celebrities that were invited to participate included Stuart Scott, Bruce Jenner, Sharon Osbourne, Juan Pablo Galavis, Cody Simpson, Kelly Brook, and Carla Hall.

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