One of the most respected members of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday. Andrew Ference appeared in 907 games(373 with Boston) during his 16-year career, scoring 43 goals and adding 182 assists. The 5’11 defenseman also appeared in 81 playoff games including 69 with the Bruins.
Ference was one the key role players that helped bring the B’s their first championship in 39 years. Coming to Boston midway through the 2006-07 season, Ference found a home in Boston and brought the nasty element to the Bruins back end. Ference played seven seasons in Boston and had some memorable moments.
During one playoff game in Montreal back in 2011, Ference blasted a puck past Canadien goaltender Carey Price and then preceded to flip off the Montreal crowd. All the way back in 2008, Ference and the Bruins brawled multiple times with the Dallas Stars including Ference fighting Sean Avery. Earlier in the game Ference crushed Steve Ott on a huge open ice hit.
Ference signed a four year deal with Edmonton following the 2012-13 lockout shortened season and spent three years with the Oilers. Ference will be very well-remembered in Boston as a hard-worker who brought his best every single night and was a big part of the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team.