Brad Ference

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Brad Ference
Born (1979-04-02) April 2, 1979 (age 35)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Florida Panthers 
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
AHL
 Louisville Panthers
San Antonio Rampage
Albany River Rats
Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights
Grand Rapids Griffins
LM
 Hockey Club Morzine-Avoriaz
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1997
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1999–2008

Bradley W. Ference (born April 2, 1979) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.

Playing career[edit]

Ference was drafted in the first round, 10th overall, of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. He played junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs, and Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.

Before ever playing a game for the Canucks, Ference was traded on January 17, 1999 along with Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican and 3rd round selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft to the Florida Panthers for Dave Gagner, Ed Jovanovski, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and a 1st round selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

He spent nearly 4 years in the Panthers organization before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes on March 8, 2003 for Darcy Hordichuk and a 2nd round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

After a year and half with the Coyotes, and the lockout year of 2004–2005 spent in France, Ference was traded to the New Jersey Devils on November 25, 2005 for Pascal Rheaume, Ray Schultz and Steven Spencer. He was on the move again at the end of the season, signing a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 26, 2006 with the Calgary Flames.

After his contract with the Flames ended he was signed by the Detroit Red Wings and spent a year with their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ference was offered 1-year deal from Anyang Halla of Asia League Ice Hockey in summer of 2008, but failed to sign since his wife was pregnant. Ference retired from professional hockey in 2008, returned to Calgary, and began a new career as a firefighter in 2009.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Spokane Chiefs WHL 5 0 2 2 18
1996–97 Spokane Chiefs WHL 67 6 20 26 324 9 0 4 4 21
1997–98 Spokane Chiefs WHL 54 9 29 38 213 18 0 7 7 59
1998–99 Spokane Chiefs WHL 31 3 22 25 125
1998–99 Tri-City Americans WHL 20 6 15 21 116 12 1 9 10 63
1999–00 Louisville Panthers AHL 58 2 7 9 231 2 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 13 0 2 2 46
2000–01 Louisville Panthers AHL 52 3 21 24 200
2000–01 Florida Panthers NHL 14 0 1 1 14
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 80 2 15 17 254
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 60 2 6 8 118
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 15 0 1 1 28
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 63 0 5 5 103
2004–05 Hockey Club Morzine-Avoriaz LM 17 2 10 12 138 4 1 4 5 10
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 19 2 9 11 39
2005–06 Albany River Rats AHL 43 3 8 11 96
2006–07 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 73 3 23 26 210 6 0 0 0 6
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 1 1 2 78
NHL totals 250 4 30 34 565

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fortney, Valerie (March 14, 2009). "Former Flame fights fires: NHLer suits up for different team". Calgary Herald (Calgary). p. B1. 

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Preceded by
Josh Holden
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
1997
Succeeded by
Bryan Allen