April 2, 1979 |
Calgary, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Florida Panthers
|NHL Draft||10th overall, 1997
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.
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.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|2004–05||Hockey Club Morzine-Avoriaz||FRA||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|
|2007–08||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||32||1||1||2||78||—||—||—||—||—|
- Fortney, Valerie (March 14, 2009). "Former Flame fights fires: NHLer suits up for different team". Calgary Herald (Calgary). p. B1.
|Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick