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07-12-2013, 02:19 PM
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I'm gonna miss Ference. A class act all the way. Wish him the best of luck in his new life elsewhere.

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Tremendous gesture from a tremendous guy.

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It's a bit foggy in here.

I can't believe he's gone

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Of all the Bruins to leave the past ten years or so, Ference hurts the most. Dude could play in any era, and was the quintessential teammate. He is going to be missed on the ice, in the room, and maybe mostly in the city itself. They just don't make humans, never mind hockey players like this guy anymore...
Pretty much sums up my feelings exactly about Andy. Glad he got a great deal back home, but the team and city especially will miss him a great deal.

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With Bergy and Soupy getting all the praises for courage, and well deserved, Andy is and will always be on the same level. He was the epitome of a Boston Bruin, on and off the ice. I still would have found a way to keep him. He was one of the Bruin core. A great man.

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The type of person you want your kids to be. Incredible human being, I will never retire my ference 21 stuff

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When he first got here, I wasn't a fan, like a lot of people here. When he signed that last contract, I wondered what Chia was thinking. But Ference grew on me. The more you watch him, he is what a Bruin is supposed to be. Heart. Hustle. Determination. And most of all, Pride. The list could go on and on. He was always the first guy to defend a teammate on the ice, no matter the situation, and that goes a long, long way with me.

Simply, he's a guy who gets it. He's a citizen of the world, but he was proud to be a Bostonian. And as a Bostonian, I'm proud to say he became one of us. Between giving the jacket to Matt Brown, and showing up on the Esplanade thanking the staties and the National Guard, he is just the man.

If MacTavish has any sense, the first Oilers jersey they make up with FERENCE on the back has a big C on the chest as well. And Chia's bar tab is covered for as long as MacTavish is the GM

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I am going to miss Andy.

I know it's all part of the business and sometimes the business means losing good team players but I am going to miss him.

He is a great team guy and I hope he does well with the Oilers.

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07-13-2013, 06:03 PM
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It's not about collecting talent, it's about building a team.

And that's why Andrew Ference will be missed. On the ice and off the ice.

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07-13-2013, 06:10 PM
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It's not about collecting talent, it's about building a team.

And that's why Andrew Ference will be missed. On the ice and off the ice.
Nice first post. Welcome to the board

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It's not about collecting talent, it's about building a team.

And that's why Andrew Ference will be missed. On the ice and off the ice.
Well said.

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With Bergy and Soupy getting all the praises for courage, and well deserved, Andy is and will always be on the same level. He was the epitome of a Boston Bruin, on and off the ice. I still would have found a way to keep him. He was one of the Bruin core. A great man.
During the 2010 playoffs, IIRC, Ference was playing with a badly injured groin, and he underwent an experimental procedure in which blood is withdrawn, whirled on a centrifuge, and injected back into the body at the injured point. He never said a word about it until much later. (I saw an interview in which he described the procedure, noting that the blood was the consistency of cake batter. Imagine getting that procedure done and then going out and playing hockey. He did note somewhat wryly that it was fairly painful.) And he never used it as an excuse.

This year, he was playing with a fractured bone in his foot, and again, it flew under the radar.

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07-14-2013, 09:24 AM
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I seem to remember reading a couple weeks ago that Bruins management was trying to help AF out in whatever way they could. They obviously hold him in high regard. As I think someone else has also said, lets hope in the near future they pick him up as a depth D for another Cup run....

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Ference received a great deal from Edmonton, no way Bruins can afford him. But a agree anther year would have been great.

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