March 17, 1979 |
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)|
|NHL Draft||208th overall, 1997
Andrew James Stewart Ference (born March 17, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ference started in the NHL during the 1999–2000 season and has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins. In 2011, Ference helped the Bruins to their 6th Stanley Cup Championship. Ference was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta
WHL and Pittsburgh Penguins
Ference began his hockey career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Portland Winterhawks. After two full seasons with the team, he was selected 208th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Ference played two more seasons with Portland and had a brief stint in the International Hockey League (IHL) with the Kansas City Blades before joining Pittsburgh in 1999.
After making his NHL debut on October 1, 1999, in a game against the Dallas Stars, Ference scored his first NHL goal a month later against the Nashville Predators on November 13, 1999. He split his rookie season between Pittsburgh and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, finishing with 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 30 NHL games and 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 44 AHL games.
The next season, Ference continued to share time between both Penguins teams. Ference played in his first NHL playoffs with Pittsburgh in 2001, playing 18 games and scoring 3 goals and 10 points before the Penguins were eliminated by the New Jersey Devils. In his third NHL season, Ference established himself as a full-time NHLer, scoring 11 points in 75 games.
Calgary Flames and NHL Lockout
On February 9, 2003, in the middle of the 2002–03 season, Ference was traded to the Calgary Flames for future considerations. He posted 4 assists in 16 games during the remainder of the season with Calgary. The next season, he registered 16 points with 4 goals and 12 assists in 72 games for Calgary and also played 26 playoff games posting 3 assists. Calgary reached the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With the 2004–05 NHL season suspended due to a lockout, Ference played in the Czech Republic for HC České Budějovice. Ference returned to the Flames when the NHL restarted the next season. He played all 82 games of the season for the first time in his career, scoring 4 goals, and 27 assists for a career high 31 points.
The following season, on February 10, 2007, he was traded, along with teammate Chuck Kobasew, to the Boston Bruins for defenceman Brad Stuart and centre Wayne Primeau. Ference scored 1 goal, along with 15 assists, during the 2008–09 NHL season. On March 23, 2010, he agreed on a three-year contract extension with the Bruins worth an annual average salary of $2.25 million.
On April 22, 2011, Ference was fined $2,500 for an obscene gesture to the crowd at the Bell Centre in game four of The Stanley Cup Playoffs first round series against the Montreal Canadiens, although Ference's comments after the incident make it unclear whether or not the gesture was intentional. In the Bruins 4-3 game 7 victory over the Montreal of the same series, Ference drew much ire for a questionable collision to the head of Canadiens' Jeff Halpern, but upon a disciplinary hearing it was ruled that the hit did not warrant any sort of disciplinary action.
The next season Ference scored 6 goals, a career high, and was named alternate captain during home games for the first half of the season, and during away games for the second half of the season.
On July 5, 2013 he signed a four-year deal as a free agent with his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers. On September 29, Ference was named the 14th captain in Oilers NHL franchise history, succeeding Shawn Horcoff, who had been traded to the Dallas Stars.
Ference's association with environmentalist David Suzuki while in Calgary led him to create a carbon-neutral program for the NHL, which now includes over 500 players who purchase carbon offset credits to counteract the negative environmental impact of professional sports.
Stanley Cup Parade
On September 5, 2011 following the Bruins Stanley Cup championship, Ference organized and led a parade and flash mob in Boston's North End, which is the area where he resided during the NHL season. After bringing the Stanley Cup to and from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on a bike trailer, Ference brought the Cup to an area of the North End outside the TD Garden. There, the Cup was hoisted up on a platform carried by friends and family, and paraded through the North End, with many stops at local shops along the way. Ference and the other Cup-carriers were accompanied by a marching band, members of The Boston Bruins Ice Girls, and the Boston Bruins mascot 'Blades.' Hundreds of fans also joined them for the parade, which was concluded with a dancing flash mob.
Ference is also a member of the popular November Project workout tribe in Boston and Edmonton.
|1994–95||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||72||9||31||40||159||7||1||3||4||12|
|1996–97||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||72||12||32||44||163||6||1||2||3||12|
|1997–98||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||72||11||57||68||142||16||2||18||20||28|
|1998–99||Portland Winter Hawks||WHL||40||11||21||32||104||4||1||4||5||10|
|1998–99||Kansas City Blades||IHL||5||1||2||3||4||3||0||0||0||0|
|2004–05||HC České Budějovice||CzEx||19||5||6||11||45||—||—||—||—||—|
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- Ference named captain
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- "BlackBerry: Bruins "Coat" Feature Video - NHL VideoCenter - Boston Bruins". Video.bruins.nhl.com. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- Andrew Ference's player profile at NHL.com
- Andrew Ference's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Winner of the WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
|Edmonton Oilers captain