In his seven seasons in Boston, Andrew Ference established himself has a fan favorite. Ference proved that he was every bit a Bostonian as those who had lived there for years. Unfortunately, Ference left this offseason after youngsters Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton proved that they were ready to play. But just because Ference is no longer in Boston, doesn't mean he has stopped loving the city.
"Nothing but the best memories," Ference said to Rich Keefe on The Adam Jones Show. "Incredible, incredible hockey memories and probably even more special than that is the people and the friends that we met outside of hockey. That's life – lifelong friends and lifelong people that are going to be special with us forever. So I think there's no shortage of love for that city and I kind of wear my emotions on my sleeve when it come to that, because it's a special place and we did a lot of special things there."
Ference was never an offensive star (101 points with the Boston Bruins) but he scored some timely goals, including the first goal in Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. And who could forget his "glove malfunction" after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens.
"For me, I can't really separate the years," Ference said. "There's just a group of us that went through the past few years together that were really great. We did a good job of carrying over that camaraderie and atmosphere in the room. Even when new guys filtered in, it really didn't change the dynamic. We had a number of year where we had a really tight group. … Having success and having that kind of environment go hand in hand. It can take a decent team to the next level."
Next season will not be the same without Ference and he will be missed.Andrew Ference, Boston, Boston Bruins, Hockey, NHL