|Assets:||Displays good hockey sense. Skates very well, is fearless and can log a lot of ice time if need be. Can also play a physical game, despite his lack of size.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't put up great offensive totals. Tends to struggle with consistency issues in all areas of the game. Has become more prone to injury over time.|
|Career Potential:||Savvy, mobile veteran defenseman.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2010-11 (Boston)|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2001-02|
|Canadian Major Junior||Plus/Minus Award||1997-98|
|WHL||Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy||1998-99|
|WHL||First All-Star Team||1997-98|
|WHL||West Second All-Star Team||1998-99|
|7/05/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers to a four-year contract.|
|6/01/2013||Missed the last 7 playoff games (lower body injury).|
|5/12/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|5/06/2013||Missed the last playoff game (suspended by nhl).|
|5/02/2013||Suspended by the NHL for 1 game.|
|9/19/2012||Signed with HC Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic).|
|3/11/2012||Missed 5 games (lower body injury).|
|3/03/2012||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/02/2012||Missed 3 games (suspended by nhl).|
|1/22/2012||Suspended by the NHL for 3 games.|
|11/17/2011||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|11/12/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/19/2011||Missed 9 games (lower body injury).|
|2/27/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/20/2011||Missed 3 games (hip injury).|
|1/15/2011||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|4/15/2010||Missed 9 games (groin).|
|3/24/2010||Signed by the Boston Bruins to a three-year contract extension.|
|3/18/2010||Missed 8 games (groin).|
|2/07/2010||Missed 14 games (groin).|
|1/07/2010||Groin, late February.|
|5/14/2009||Missed 4 playoff games (lower body injury).|
|5/08/2009||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|5/01/2009||Missed 4 regular season and 4 playoffs games (undisclosed).|
|4/06/2009||Undisclosed, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/27/2009||Missed 31 games (right leg injury).|
|11/14/2008||Right leg injury, early January.|
|4/10/2008||Missed 7 games (leg injury).|
|3/25/2008||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|12/12/2007||Missed 12 games (sprained knee).|
|11/17/2007||Sprained knee, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/15/2007||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|11/04/2007||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/03/2007||Missed 1 game (arm injury).|
|4/01/2007||Arm injury, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2007||Acquired from the Calgary Flames.|
|9/29/2006||Re-signed by the Calgary Flames to a three-year contract extension.|
|8/10/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Calgary Flames.|
|12/01/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the HC Ceske Budejovice (Cze-Rep.1).|
|6/10/2003||Re-signed by the Calgary Flames.|
|4/05/2003||Missed the last 9 games of the regular season (ankle injury).|
|3/20/2003||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2003||Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|11/29/2002||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/26/2002||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/26/2002||Missed 20 games (groin).|
|11/20/2002||Groin, early December.|
|7/31/2002||Re-signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|5/23/2001||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/21/2001||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|12/12/2000||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/12/2000||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/23/2000||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|7/05/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers.|
|2/10/2007||Boston Bruins traded Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau to the Calgary Flames for Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew.|
|2/10/2003||Pittsburgh Penguins traded Andrew Ference to the Calgary Flames for a conditional draft choice.|
|6/21/1997||Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 8th round (208th overall) in 1997.|
Andrew Ference scores first of the season | 12/02/2013 6:49 AM
NewsAndrew Ference scored his second goal of the season on Sunday.
ImpactThe goal in the third period tied the game at two apiece as the Oilers eventually won in a shootout 3-2. Ference has only two points this season in 28 games but his value on the ice is in his defensive play and his veteran leadership role. Unfortunately this does not translate to fantasy hockey so he has little to no value.
Captain Andrew Ference impressed with Oilers | 11/23/2013 10:05 AM
NewsThe Edmonton Oilers have won three consecutive games, with 14 unanswered goals in the process.
ImpactThings are finally clicking for the promising Oilers. "Obviously it didn't happen as fast as we wanted," said Ference. "But these last couple have been a lot more promising, seeing guys being a lot more committed to certain ideas. That's the best way to cement in certain ideas, to have success with them, and the last couple of games have really done that for a lot of guys." Ference also said: "The guys are getting it, there's been a lot more solid play in our own end. Whether it's breakouts or backchecking or little positional plays that have really helped - those things are starting to click and we're being rewarded with more goals and more opportunities in the other end."
A. Ference is 'sick' of Oilers' performance | 11/04/2013 9:03 AM
NewsEdmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference is "sick" of what's going on with his team.
ImpactEdmonton has lost five straight to fall to 3-10-2 this season. In a year where they're supposed to be finally moving beyond the rebuilding process, they instead look like competitors for another first overall pick. "Everybody is saying the right thing but it's the action that matters," Ference said. "It's like nothing soaked in. We have to hold each other accountable because there's no excuse for it."
Andrew Ference leads the way with 7 hits | 10/13/2013 8:28 AM
NewsAndrew Ference had a big game Saturday as he had seven hits.
ImpactFerence, the newly named captain of the Oilers, also had two blocked shots but gave the puck away four times in a 6-5 loss to the Maple Leafs. It more than doubled his hit total as he now has 13 for the Oilers this season, third on the team behind Mike Brown and Ladislav Smid. He has little other fantasy value except in hits and blocked shots.
Ference: Road trip is chance to form identity | 10/12/2013 9:20 AM
NewsOilers captain Andrew Ference sees the six-game road trip as a chance for the Oilers to form their identity.
Impact"The road trip is what you make of it," said Ference. "Home or away, there is opportunity to build your team and build your identity. The road is nice if you play the right way and maintain a focus on what you're trying to do. It gives you a chance to simplify your game, which for us, has been our best portions of the game. If you do it the right way and approach it the right way, I've seen road trips change seasons for the better." The Oilers have just one win on the year, and the season could get ugly with a poor record on this road trip.
Andrew Ference scores first goal with Oilers | 10/08/2013 10:10 AM
NewsAndrew Ference netted a goal in Edmonton's 5-4 shootout win Monday.
ImpactIt was Ference's first point with the team. He's taken over as the Oilers' captain after coming over from the Boston Bruins.
Oilers give Andrew Ference, L. Smid a day off | 10/06/2013 5:52 PM
NewsThe Edmonton Oilers gave Andrew Ference and Ladislav Smid a "maintenance day" on Sunday.
Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
ImpactLet's hope it's just a minor issue for the Oilers captain Ference and one of the Oilers' most underrated pieces in Smid, as Edmonton needs all the help it can get in its own end.
Andrew Ference named Oilers captain | 09/29/2013 11:25 AM
NewsThe Edmonton Oilers have named Andrew Ference as their captain.
ImpactThe Oilers inked Ference in the off-season to a contract after he left the Bruins and he will replace the departed Shawn Horcoff as the Oilers 14th captain. Ference will provide leadership and bring the winning attitude over from the Bruins as the Oilers last made the playoffs in the 2005-06 season.
Oilers will count on Ference's leadership | 08/29/2013 10:50 AM
NewsAndrew Ference should provide the Edmonton Oilers with leadership this season.
ImpactThe Oilers have been in a losing environment for so long that and adding a player like Ference, who has experienced plenty of success with Boston, will help. His experience will be a good tool to direct the younger leadership group that already exists in Edmonton. Ference is also expected to help groom sophomore defender Justin Schultz this season and the two of them might be paired together during the season.
Oilers on verge of big things: Andrew Ference | 08/03/2013 12:58 PM
NewsNew Edmonton defenseman Andrew Ference, 34, says the upstart Edmonton Oilers remind him of the team he left, the Boston Bruins.
Impact"Everybody now talks about Boston as so mature and battle-tested with all the playoff experience," Ference said. "But when I went there, it was a bunch of guys with no playoff experience and a team that hadn't been in the playoffs for a number of years. You realize how to build on potential and how the tide can turn fairly quickly. You look at [the Oilers] and how close the team is to getting over that hump. It's exciting. To see potential turn into reality is something I want to be a part of, especially in a city like this that cares so much."
Andrew Ference is a fan of Dallas Eakins | 07/17/2013 10:13 AM
NewsAndrew Ference got a chance to talk with new Oilers bench boss Dallas Eakins before he signed a four-year/$13 million contract.
Impact"That two-day period before signing was great because I did get to talk to Dallas a few times," Ference said. "That made it very comforting to sign because we see eye-to-eye on a lot of things and have a similar outlook on the way the game should be played and the way the game should be approached by the players." Ference thinks Eakins will be demanding of his players, which will help get the Oilers over the hump.
Andrew Ference hopes to aide Oilers' rebuild | 07/16/2013 11:09 PM
NewsAndrew Ference is hoping what he learned going from missing the playoffs to a Stanley Cup in a matter of years when he was with the Boston Bruins will help his new team.
Impact"You realize how easy it is to build on potential and have the tide turn fairly quickly," Ference said. "You look at this team and how close it is to kind of getting over that hump, it's exciting. It's really neat to be a part of that, and to see potential turn into reality is a pretty special thing to be a part of." The Edmonton Oilers certainly have ton of potential and to add a solid defenseman like Ference certainly helps.
Andrew Ference returns home to Edmonton | 07/06/2013 10:13 AM
NewsNewly-signed Oilers blueliner Andrew Ference is returning to his hometown of Edmonton.
ImpactFerence grew up in the Edmonton area as a fan of the Oilers and was even neighbors with former Oiler forward Petr Klima. "I used to go to games with my dad, and even saw the Cup won there," said Ference. "I want to be a part of that. Edmonton showed the most interest right off the hop." The former Bruin will add an element of toughness to a team that was sorely lacking in that area last season.
Andrew Ference signs on with the Oilers | 07/05/2013 12:12 PM
NewsJohn Shannon of Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers have signed Andrew Ference.
John Shannon on Twitter
Ference admits uncertainty got to him | 06/26/2013 8:26 PM
NewsAndrew Ference acknowledged that dealing with the realization he wouldn't be back with the Bruins was a bit of a distraction.
ImpactHe had a feeling he wouldn't be coming back when he wasn't approached about an extension as he finished out the final year of his deal. General manager Peter Chiarelli made it official today. "Nobody is going to do their job as effectively when there is uncertainty," said the 34-year-old Ference. "At different times of the year it affected me differently. I think at a certain time of the year I just resigned myself to the fact [I wasn't coming back] and that was a good thing to do. The people that make up this city are unbelievable. The best friends that we have in our lives are all from here. The lifestyle and the area that you live in has enormous impact on your quality of life and your performance on the ice. "But it's not a fun thing.
Chiarelli says Andrew Ference will become UFA | 06/26/2013 12:46 PM
NewsBoston GM Peter Chiarelli said the team will not bring back Andrew Ference.
Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
ImpactThe hard-nosed defenseman will be permitted to test unrestricted free agency next week. Chiarelli said it was a difficult decision, but it was expected since the Bruins need to re-sign Tuukka Rask and they hope to bring back Nathan Horton as well. Boston also has young blueliners Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton waiting to get more ice time.
Andrew Ference might be heading out of Boston | 06/13/2013 10:12 AM
NewsAndrew Ference may be permitted to depart Boston as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
ImpactThe Bruins have several young blueliners who appear to be ready to take his place on the roster going into next year and they will come at a cheaper price tag. The rugged veteran would also probably attract his fair share of interest on the open market.
Andrew Ference seems comfortable in return | 06/02/2013 3:37 PM
NewsDespite playing with a protective boot on his foot, Andrew Ference seemed quite comfortable in his return to action in Game 1 for the Boston Bruins against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ImpactThe 34-year-old collected an assist and logged 17:27 minutes of ice time yesterday. He's an underrated part of the B's blueline, so he could be quite helpful against a deep Penguins attack.
Andrew Ference (foot) gets assist in return | 06/01/2013 11:02 PM
NewsAndrew Ference had an assist in his return from a foot injury.
ImpactFerence hadn't played since May 10 due to the ailment. He logged 15:49 minutes and finished the game with a plus-one rating.
Andrew Ference isn't projected to play | 06/01/2013 1:25 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (foot) wasn't on any of the Bruins' top-three defensive pairings during their Saturday morning skate.
CSN New England
ImpactFerence said that he wants to play, but Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn't confirm that Ference has been medically cleared. It's worth noting that Ference has been practicing for the better part of a week now and there's also a chance that he's healthy enough to play, but the Bruins opted to use Matt Bartkowski over him anyways. We probably won't know more until Boston's pregame warm-ups.
Andrew Ference remains questionable Saturday | 06/01/2013 12:41 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (foot) is questionable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Joe Haggerty on Twitter
ImpactFerence said he would like to play, but it's up to the coaching staff. Meanwhile Bruins coach Claude Julien hasn't tipped it's hand.
Ference status for Game 1 still unknown | 06/01/2013 8:30 AM
NewsAndrew Ference's status for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals is still unknown.
ImpactHe is recovering from a foot injury , and although he has been practising for a week, it is not clear if he will suit up Saturday night. Of Ference, Boston coach Claude Julien had the following to say: "He's getting better every day and right now I'm going to wait. I haven't talked to our trainers or doctors. When they tell me that they feel comfortable that he can go, then we'll be excited to have him back with us." Consider Ference day-to-day for now.
Andrew Ference not cleared for Gm 1 yet | 05/30/2013 6:19 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) has not been medically cleared to play Game 1 at Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
ImpactHowever, he did skate with the team for a third consecutive time Thursday. Ference hasn't played since Game 5 of the opening round against Toronto.
Julien will wait on any defense decisions | 05/29/2013 9:50 AM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) may not be guaranteed a roster spot once he's ready to return to the lineup.
ImpactCoach Claude Julien was asked what would happen once Ference is healthy and he chose not to answer. "You know what? We're not there yet, and until we're there, I'm not answering those questions," the Boston bench boss said. "It's like we're trying to get ahead of everything here. We're not even close to starting a series. We'll let him skate a little bit with us and see how he does. When the time comes, I'll be more than happy to make that tough decision." Ference skated alongside regular healthy scratch Aaron Johnson during Boston's practice session on Tuesday, which was his first time back on the ice since getting hurt in Round 1.
Andrew Ference joins Bruins at practice Tues. | 05/28/2013 1:02 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) practiced with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.
Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
ImpactIt was the first time Ference practiced with his teammates since suffering what's believed to be a foot injury. The Bruins aren't saying whether he'll be ready for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, but he seems to be progressing enough that there's a legitimate chance he'll be able to suit up. The question then, however, is whether Ference will get back into the lineup considering how youngsters Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug are playing.
Andrew Ference is back on the ice | 05/27/2013 2:15 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) was able to skate on Monday.
CSN New England
ImpactFerence, who is believed to be dealing with a foot injury, resumed skating over the weekend. Bruins coach Claude Julien isn't ready to say that Ference will be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, but clearly Ference is progressing. That being said, with the rise of defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug, there's a chance that Ference will be a healthy scratch once he's available.
Andrew Ference does off-ice workouts Weds. | 05/23/2013 10:17 AM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) did some off-ice work Wednesday.
ImpactHe hasn't resumed skating since suffering a lower-body injury in Game 5 against Toronto, but coach Claude Julien said the defenseman is making some progress.
Andrew Ference hasn't resumed skating | 05/21/2013 6:48 AM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) hasn't resumed skating yet and it doesn't look like he will be back in Boston's lineup any time soon.
ImpactHe has been seen in a walking boot and on crutches. Ference hasn't played since Game 5 against Toronto.
Ference has been ruled out for Sunday's game | 05/18/2013 4:06 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) will not play on Sunday.
Bruins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactFerence hasn't resumed skating yet. He had 13 points and 35 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games.
Andrew Ference might return for Game 2 | 05/17/2013 1:44 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) might be available for Game 2 on Sunday.
ImpactBruins coach Claude Julien said it was too early to say for sure, but he wouldn't rule out the possibility. Ference has missed the Bruins' last three games due to the ailment.
Andrew Ference unlikely to play Thursday | 05/16/2013 1:41 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) didn't practice again Thursday morning.
CSN New England
ImpactIt's unlikely that he'll be available to play in Game 1 against the Rangers.
Andrew Ference absent from practice Wednesday | 05/15/2013 12:05 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (lower body) didn't practice Wednesday.
ImpactHe should be considered questionable to play Thursday in Game 1 against the New York Rangers. Ference missed the last two games of Boston's opening-round series with a lower-body ailment.
Andrew Ference won't suit up Monday | 05/13/2013 6:07 PM
NewsAndrew Ference (undisclosed) won't play Monday in Game 7.
Boston Bruins on Twitter
ImpactHe didn't play Sunday night either in Toronto in Game 6.
Andrew Ference's status cloudy for Game 7 | 05/13/2013 9:47 AM
NewsAndrew Ference remained in Boston Sunday night with an undisclosed injury and is day-to-day.
ImpactHis status for Game 7 Monday night is still a question mark. The Bruins were forced to spend the night in Toronto due to a mechanical malfunction with their plane, so the team may not hold a morning skate since they will travel back to Boston Monday morning.
Bruins won't have Andrew Ference in Game 6 | 05/12/2013 12:59 PM
NewsAndrew Ference won't play for the Boston Bruins in Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs because of an undisclosed injury.
ImpactThis means Ference will miss at least two contests in this first-round series. He received a one-game suspension for his hit on Mikhail Grabovski, sidelining him for Game 2 (which the Boston Bruins lost).
Andrew Ference set to play in Game 3 | 05/06/2013 9:41 AM
NewsAndrew Ference is expected to draw back into Boston's lineup for Game 3 Monday night in Toronto.
ImpactHe served a one-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Mikhail Grabovski on Saturday. Ference is projected to replace rookie blueliner Dougie Hamilton, who made his NHL playoff debut over the weekend.
Andrew Ference accepts suspension | 05/03/2013 3:01 PM
NewsAndrew Ference didn't want to discuss his one-game suspension for hitting Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski in the head.
CSN New England
Impact"You've just got to accept it, and move on," said Ference. He added, "I know you guys want something special, but honestly it was about the discussion between Peter, myself and the league yesterday. It really doesn't matter what I think. The criteria of which [hits] are or aren't reviewed, or which [hits are] played on the TV a million times. That's not my job. The decision has been made." Ference also expressed confidence that his teammates would compensate for his absence.
Andrew Ference may sit out Wednesday's game | 04/16/2013 7:19 AM
NewsAndrew Ference was scheduled to get Monday's game off by Boston coach Claude Julien.
ImpactMonday's game between the Bruins and Ottawa Senators was postponed after the tragic and horrifying Boston Marathon bombing incident. Ference could be scratched from the lineup on Wednesday instead now in order to get rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who has sat out the past two contests, back into the fold.
Andrew Ference hopes to re-sign with Bruins | 02/12/2013 8:22 AM
NewsAndrew Ference could become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he hopes to re-sign with the Boston Bruins.
Impact"There's a lot invested emotionally into this team," Ference said. "We've accomplished a lot. Beyond that, the city is obviously home for us and our family. So it weighs heavily to know where things are at. The team has their numbers with what their budget is. They probably have a good idea of where I'm at. It's a matter of me waiting patiently, I guess." Negotiations haven't started yet, but the Bruins are thought to be interested in retaining the long-serving defenseman. Ference has been with the team since part of the 2006-07 campaign when was acquired from Calgary.
Andrew Ference apologizes on Twitter to fans | 01/07/2013 11:09 AM
NewsAndrew Ference was among the players present for the announcement that a deal had been reached to end the NHL lockout and shortly after he apologized for the work stoppage on his Twitter account.
Impact"As players we can now do what we do best. Proudly pull on our jerseys and play with complete passion for our cities and fans. I hope that we can replace the intense negativity brought on our sport with a reminder of how great it can be when the action is on the ice," he wrote. "From my grandparents to our B's fans, I am deeply sorry that we had to miss so much hockey. All we can do now is play our hearts out for you." Ference skated in 21 games with HC Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Extraliga during the lockout, where he recorded seven points and a plus-3 rating.
|Goals||1||2 times-last:at Dal||last:Dec 1||1|
|Assists||0||29 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Dec 3||1|
|Points||1||2 times-last:at Dal||last:Dec 1||2|
|Penalty Minutes||7||3 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Dec 3||6|
|Plus/Minus||3||at Ott||Oct 19||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||29 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Dec 3||0|
|Power Play Points||0||29 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Dec 3||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||29 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Dec 3||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||29 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Dec 3||1|
|Shots||4||vs. Fla||Nov 21||5|
|Penalty Minutes||97||2006-07 (Cgy/Bos)|
|Power Play Goals||2||2005-06 (Cgy)|
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