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from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,
Andrew Ference was healthy when he arrived for training camp with the Edmonton Oilers last summer. He set a team record for lung capacity during fitness tests.
“I felt great,” said Ference, a defenceman who will turn 37 next month. “It was like, ‘Let’s go.’”
Then something happened that hadn’t before. Not in Pittsburgh or Calgary or Boston or Edmonton, where he landed two years ago. At first he played only occasionally. Then he was scratched from the lineup night after night.
“It totally has everything to do with getting older,” Ference said over coffee at an organic café near his house. The parking lot is icy, but it is comfy inside. High school students on their lunch break crowd around a table and pick at veggie quiches beside a fireplace. “When you are an athlete, age is always the enemy.
“Along with having pure foot speed, I think when you are younger you think quicker on the ice. As much as your body plays a role, your mind does as well. I don’t know how you measure it, but there were points early in the season where I felt my reaction time was a little slower than it used to be.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Ference has two years left on a contract with an AAV of $3.25 million, a product of the former management regime that was willing to overpay older free agents to, theoretically, speed up the rebuild. Ironically, it was Peter Chiarelli who was the Boston Bruins GM that told Ference before the playoffs even began in 2013 that cap constraints would mean the Bruins would not be keeping Ference once the season was over.
Then Chiarelli jumped to Edmonton, where he rightly spotted the blue-line as the place most in need of shoring up. Since taking the job this past summer Chiarelli has acquired Andrej Sekera, Eric Gryba and Griffin Reinhart.
At the bottom of a defensive corps that still needs work, you’ve got Ference, Nikita Nikitin, Gryba and Reinhart fighting for one opening night pairing. That’s three 6-foot-4 D-men and the 5’11” Ference — and that’s assuming that 6’4” Darnell Nurse starts his pro career at AHL Bakersfield....
But in order to have the kind of impact Ference has had in Edmonton over the past two seasons — or to maintain the captaincy here, for that matter — you have to be able to stay in the league, and play in the league.
How many nights can a captain spend in the press box before he can’t be the captain anymore?
Tune in next week to find out.
from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,
A buff 36-year-old in a T-shirt and shorts stands at the front. A hockey star in a hockey town, defenceman Andrew Ference has been the captain of the Edmonton Oilers since joining them as a free agent in 2013. Unusual for a professional athlete, he works to bring attention to the matters he is passionate about: the environment, human rights and physical fitness.
Upon arriving in Edmonton, he began staging free workout sessions and invited everyone to come. They happen three mornings a week, with Wednesday reserved for running stairs at the home stadium of the Canadian Football League’s Eskimos.
This week, Mr. Ference begins by instructing everyone to find someone they don’t know and give them a hug. Someone’s sweet-tempered pit bull runs among them, wagging and barking in a studded collar and an Oilers kerchief.
A few minutes later, as the sky brightens, the group files into the empty stadium and bounds up the stairs.
Those waiting at the back of the line exercise their legs by bouncing up and down.
“It’s a great morning,” says Mr. Ference’s sister Jen, who helps organize the free gatherings with her hockey-playing younger brother. It is not quite 6 a.m. and she is cheerful.
“There is great energy here,” she says. “So many people want to get up early.”
While playing for the Boston Bruins in 2013, Andrew Ference learned of a little girl who was coming to watch his team play. The five-year old child was battling a life-threatening disease and Ference was touched by her story.
“You can complicate it, but at the end of the day, it’s the most consistent teams that execute the details and play smart hockey that win. I mean, they cover up mistakes better than the other guys. Every team makes mistakes. It’s the guys that sense that danger and cover up for their teammates consistently and create multiple layers to go through all the time that win. It’s nothing fancy.”
“The competition in this league is so high now. Defensive systems are so tight, and players are so consistent and responsible that even if you’re pretty good at it, if you make five or 10 mistakes a game, there’s your one-goal [loss] – because the other team is making only four to six mistakes. That’s the way the league is, and you have to bring yourself up to that higher standard. It’s just the way it is.”
-Andrew Ference, captain of the Edmonton Oilers. Much more from and on Ference by Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
The NHL with the explanation...
Watch the hit below if you missed it late last night and also watch what Ference says post-game about the hit.
added 9:04am, Watch below as Ference says he was surprised it was a penalty..
Andrew Ference spent the post-game interviews subsequent to his Oilers' 3-2 loss to Vancouver insisting that this hit on Canucks forward Zack Kassian was clean (and Kassian was at least not hurt on the "check to the head" penalty-earning play), but I can't think of a better textbook example of why hits that involve driving UPWARD absolutely must, must, must not only involves fines and suspensions, but must also be eliminated from the game, from general managers and coaches' edicts on down to players no longer tolerating hits in which players do not aim for the center of their opponent's mass and NO HIGHER than their chests. Ever.
I don't think that Ference is a "dirty player," and he may not have intended to hit Kassian in the head, but whether it's Niklas Kronwall, Andrew Ference or Zack Kassian delivering these kinds of hits, they've got to be eliminated from the game. It's 2014. NHL players are talented enough to modify their checking to avoid intentionally or unintentinoally concussing their opponents.
The Edmonton Journal's David Staples believes that the hit will doubtlessly yield a suspension, though he points out that Kassian is generally the kind of player delivering these hits (if Ference is "no choir boy," Kassian is Nelson Muntz)...
from the Edmonton Oilers,
Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference has been named this year’s recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
Ference will be honoured at the 2014 NHL Awards Gala, being at the world-famous Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ference's work in the community encompassed a variety of community initiatives, including several projects on behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF). In addition to these endeavours, Ference was involved in many of his own charity initiatives, most notably the November Project, the Hope Mission Shelter and leading the way on a Christmas toy delivery to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
ESPN's Scott Burnside's relieving Pierre LeBrun in the "rumblings" department today, offering "ramblings" instead. Among them:
Like most people, we’re fascinated to see how the Daniel Alfredsson experiment turns out in Detroit. But the one thing that we still can’t get over is that the NHL decided not to act on Alfredsson’s blunt acknowledgement that his previous contract with the Ottawa Senators was, in fact, a blatant attempt to circumvent the salary cap under the previous collective bargaining agreement. Alfredsson told reporters before training camp that when the four-year deal was signed neither side expected Alfredsson would play in the contract’s final year -- worth only $1 million in real money even though the cap hit was $4.875 million annually. It was exactly that kind of wink, wink, nudge, nudge deal that the league had been warning teams about for years -- Alfredsson made $7 million in each of the first two years of the pact -- and which ultimately cost the New Jersey Devils mightily in their first attempt at a contract for the erstwhile Ilya Kovalchuk. The so-called cheat deals were, in theory, eliminated by new parameters put on contracts in the new collective bargaining agreement and the league’s position is that they are going to look forward instead of back. Good news for the Senators, but maybe in the spirit of CBA détente, the league should forgive the Devils the first round draft pick they must forfeit next spring for having done no worse than what Alfredsson admitted the Senators did in his case.
I'm curious as to why the Flames aren't being dinged for allowing Miikka Kiprusoff to retire early, too, but that's just me...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
I suspect the new man Dallas Eakins will not try to make former Boston Bruins’ defenceman Andrew Ference into something he is not, except for maybe changing the important letter on his NHL jersey from an A to a C because Ference is certainly acquainted with winning, something in short supply here for quite some time.
Plus, Ference, part of the strong leadership inner circle in Boston, knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk. This is not some guy who is just good in the room. He is good, where it counts, on the 200′ by 85′ sheet of ice, too. Just take it from his former boss Peter Chiarelli, part of Canada’s Olympic selection committee. He hated to lose Ference, one of his top four D-men, somebody who could move up and down his lineup–mostly playing with fellow Edmontonian Johnny Boychuk.
Chiarelli simply couldn’t afford his assistant captain with the salary cap squeeze, not having to sign goalie Tuukka Rask..
“Andy’s a competitive little S.O.B,” said Chiarelli. “He plays harder than his size (5’11″, 189).”
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien will be conducting exit interviews with all of the players at TD Garden on Wednesday morning as they pack up their bags for the last time before a two-month summer break.
Some players will be getting plaudits for the honorable way they acquitted themselves in a highly successful season that came up just short of the pinnacle. Some will be handed an improvement plan for the offseason. Some will be thanked for their outstanding service and told that their days with the Bruins have come to an end.
Through no fault of his own, other than being a higher-priced veteran when the Bruins are flush with young defensemen, the Bruins will be parting ways with alternate captain Andrew Ference.
The 34-year-old defenseman has been with the Bruins for the last seven seasons, and was one of the key veteran leaders that helped build the championship-level team currently residing in Boston.
Sorry for the delay in posting, been putting in very long hours and fell asleep and hour ago and just woke up.
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
“I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this team,” Ference said. “The makeup and the fabric of this room – the environment.”
Ference’s time in Boston, however, may be ending. He is in the final season of a three-year, $6.75 million contract. Ference, Nathan Horton, and Anton Khudobin are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after this season.
Ference will be 34 March 17. His next deal might be his last crack at a multi-year contract. So it is quite expected that Ference’s next contract is very much on his mind.
“My radar? Yeah. Of course. This is my career,” Ference said when asked if he’s been thinking about a deal. “It has been going all the way back to the moment that we had the ability to extend. As a player, you want to have some grasp of your future.”
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, February 12, that the team has signed forward Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season and then placed him on waivers. The contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 at the AHL level.
Beyond the Puck offers a rare glimpse into the life of Andrew Ference, NHL hockey player for the Boston Bruins and his eco-friendly way of life at home and on the road.
Andrew’s an environmental activist, a Stanley Cup champion, the husband of a former professional snowboarder, and father of two girls. He rides his bike to “work” and doesn’t mind being called a tree hugger — he’s just as comfortable checking opponents on the ice as he is teaching kids about composting in elementary schools.
The 10-episode web series premieres this Thursday, February 16 – you can find more details and episodes as they premiere here and watch a trailer below… (note the video is on auto-play)
Brendan Shanahan with the decision.
For this hit on Ryan Mcdonagh.
Costly penalty, the Rangers scored in OT while on the power play.
added 5:01pm, another video below, this time with the Boston TV crew…
Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins halls the Stanley Cup around with his bike.
Today’s transcripts of Q&As with Michael Ryder, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell and Andrew Ference.
Q. The suspension for Rome’s four games, does that surprise you? Do you think that’s just?
MICHAEL RYDER: Well, it was a League decision that came out just then. I guess we heard the same time you guys did. It’s their decision, and that’s it.
Q. Are you satisfied?
MICHAEL RYDER: Well, you know, Horty is a big part of our team. He’s been huge for us all season in the playoffs. We’re definitely going to miss him.
It’s not my call how many games Rome gets or whatever. The league just decided that four was it. Everybody is going to have to deal with that.
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Shoulder to the jaw?
NEW YORK (April 22, 2011) – Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been fined $2,500 for an obscene gesture made during Game 4 of the team’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
The incident was reviewed by NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. The fine was levied for violation of Rule 75.5 (ii) of the National Hockey League’s Official Rules. No penalty was assessed for the infraction.
The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
What do you think?
added 11:44pm, from the CP at The Hockey News,
Such a gesture usually incurs fine or even a suspension from the NHL, but Ference said it was unintentional.
‘‘I just saw it and I know it looks really bad, but I can assure you that is not part of who I am,’’ said Ference. ‘‘I apologize.
‘‘That is not part of my repertoire. My glove got caught up there.’‘
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
The league needs more players like Andrew Ference.
While stodgy, old-school hockey logic suggests the Boston Bruins defenceman was being a bad teammate for suggesting Dan Paille’s maiming of Raymond Sawada was “a bad hit,” the reality is he’s being refreshingly honest and progressive with his frank assessment.
“It’s not about throwing a guy under the bus,” Ference told the Sun.
“It’s about being honest with guys, and if you have a strong room, you can call a spade a spade. I talked to the coach about it, and the only way to be honest about it is to switch jerseys. If it was Bergie (Patrice Bergeron) who got hit, how would we look at it?”
“I mean it’s a bad hit, right? That’s what they’re trying to get rid of and you can’t be hypocritical about it when it happens to you, and say it’s fine when your teammate does it. It’s a hit they’re trying to get rid of. I mean you hear it from every player after they do it, they feel bad, and same thing, I talked to Danny and he feels bad. It’s tough, that backchecking forward, to make those kind of hits, it’s so hard to do it in a clean fashion, with the new rules. It is what it is. He hurt the guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a conversation.”
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andrew Ference to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“Let me tell Andrew Ference, one defenseman to another, he should spend more time worrying about going to back to get the puck than to worry about Paul Kelly’s ability to do the job as head of the PA, said Park, who turned 61 years old in July. ‘‘When [Ference] was in junior, I assume he wasn’t going to college…so I ask, what makes him so [expletive] smart?! They had a guy like Chris Chelios in that room [in Chicago] who disagreed, told them to wait and think.
‘‘Maybe guys like Ference should take time to listen to guys who are older and smarter.’‘
-Hall of Fame Defenseman Brad Park on the comments Andrew Ference made about Paul Kelly. More by Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.
“Obviously some guys are a little louder than others when they give comments, and they get more play. But guys are very comfortable with the decision that we made. We did the right thing. It doesn’t make me feel any different from the moment that we had the meetings.’’
-Andrew Ference on the removal of Paul Kelly. More from Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe.
“If the CEO of IBM has leadership issues, trust issues, issues in the office, it’s a no-brainer. You pull the trigger because it’s not working, it’s very frustrating. The last thing you want is turmoil. It would be great if everything ran well and people were happy. Even if things weren’t great, it would have been easy to say, ‘Let’s leave it alone and let them figure it out.’ But that would be far from doing the right thing.
“We made the decision to take the high road and not air our dirty laundry. We decided to do things in a professional manner ... I’m not into he said/she said. I was in the room. I know the facts. When we present our teammates with the facts they’re very supportive. That’s all that matters to me.”
-Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins on the firing of Paul Kelly. More from Ference by Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail.
From the NHLPA:
NHL players are “going green” in a big way, due in part to the success of the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge program. Players are taking more action in their own lives to reduce their environmental footprint. With over 420 NHLPA members signing up for the second year of the program, the players continue to show leadership on the environment.
“I’m very proud that we’ve offset more than 4,200 tonnes of carbon emissions this season, which is like taking 840 cars off the road for a year,” said Andrew Ference, the Boston Bruins’ defenseman who initiated the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge. “But best of all, I’m hearing of more and more players in the dressing rooms talking about ‘going green’.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Bruins Blog,
...Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins General Manager, just announced outside the Boston dressing room that defenseman Andrew Ference sustained a fractured tibia (right leg), will undergo surgery Monday for the insertion of a surgical pin, and will be lost to the lineup for up to eight weeks.
‘‘He’ll be out a bit,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘Maybe, collectively the whole year, he’s been our best defenseman. He’s played a solid game, moving the puck….we will miss him.’‘
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
“I remember a couple of years ago Ed Jovanovski leaned over the bench and said, `Hey Andy, when did you turn into a tree hugger?’” Ference said with a laugh yesterday in an interview.
“There was one other time – I won’t tell you the guy’s name – when I was in a bit of a scrum and he punched me in the face and I punched him in the face and then he said, `Why don’t you go save the f—-ing world?’
“I’m pretty sure that one was an insult.”
It comes with the territory, of course, as being identified as a professional athlete interested in environmental and other international issues.
from David Amber at ESPN,
When he’s not busy moving hulking forwards from in front of the net, Andrew Ference is busy trying to change the world. The Bruins defenseman wears a helmet on the ice and many hats off it: political activist, environmental crusader and possibly future NHL commissioner.
In this edition of Facing Off, Ference tells us what it’s like to drop the gloves with Sid the Kid, how the Bruins can win back Beantown and how 10 days in Africa changed his life forever.
Here’s the footage of Sidney Crosby’s fight with Andrew Ference tonight. It’s a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the illustrious Penguin. From HockeyFights.com:
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
A professional hockey player and environmentalist David Suzuki make for strange breakfast companions, but their unlikely encounter in Calgary last year is greening dressing rooms throughout the NHL.
Since their meeting last fall, Andrew Ference, a Boston Bruins defenceman, has become the point man for the National Hockey League Players’ Association on environmental issues. His goal is to slow climate change by changing the mindset of his fellow players.
Friday, Ference and Suzuki will unite for a news conference in Toronto to unveil a partnership between the NHLPA and the David Suzuki Foundation. The two are teaming up to help offset the greenhouse gas emissions produced by NHL players whose jobs require them to travel by planes, trains, buses and cars.
from the CP via TSN,
Just as defenceman Aaron Ward returned from a concussion, blue-liner Andrew Ference was sidelined for a second time this month - this time with a sprained knee.
Ference returned from an upper body injury for the Bruins’ 5-2 victory over Toronto on Thursday night, only to suffer a brand new injury.
more on the Bruins…
From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,
“Bruins’ defenceman [Andrew Ference] spoke about the bigger issue: How players need to know they’re carrying the fate of others in their hands.“It’s not Philadelphia,” he said. “I don’t think Philly is a team of goons and no coach is telling his players to go out and paralyze someone. It’s up to the guys on the ice to be responsible, and if they’re not, then they have to pay the price.
“There’s always talk about a lack of respect [among NHL players],” Ference added, “but the biggest question is if guys understand how much trust is involved in playing hockey – trust between you and your opponent. You’re trusting players coming down won’t do that to you and you won’t do that to them. That’s how it’s supposed to be.”