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Andrew Ference | Defenseman

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/17/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 184
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Andrew Ference could be a healthy scratch in the Oilers' season opener.
Ference skated alongside Brandon Davidson during Monday's practice, but that's believed to be the fourth defensive pairing. Ference had three goals and 14 points in 70 contests last season. The Oilers have left the door open to going into the 2015-16 campaign with a new captain and that might make sense if Ference isn't expected to play regularly. Oct 6 - 9:11 AM

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Andrew Ference doesn't believe there are changes coming to Edmonton's captaincy.

"One of the first conversations I had with Todd (McLellan, Edmonton's new coach) was about that," said Ference. "I brought it up ... I like things out in the open. I don't like walking on eggshells or awkward moments, player to coach, player to GM. This isn't a vanity project. We should want everybody pulling on the same rope for the Oilers." Ference has been the captain for the last two seasons and he'll be the oldest player on the team at the age of 36.
Aug 26 - 10:20 AM

Andrew Ference used a unique approach to garner the attentions of all NHL GMs back in 1997 when he was snubbed by Central Scouting.

After not being ranked for the 1997 NHL draft and not invited for testing by Central Scouting, Ference elected to fax a letter to every NHL general manager asking for an opportunity for a tryout. In that very same draft, he was drafted in the eighth round (208 overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ference ended up debuting for the Penguins in 1999 and played four more years with them. He has played in 901 NHL games to date where he has scored 43 goals and added 182 assists. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Boston bruins in 2011. It turns out the Central Scouting System missed the boat on Ference who is now the captain of the Edmonton Oilers.
Source: CBC sports
Aug 15 - 2:05 PM

Andrew Ference is dealing with a lower-body injury.

Ference will miss Wednesday's contest as a result. He has three goals and 14 points in 70 contests this season. Look for Keith Aulie to come out of the press box to round out the Oilers' blueline in Ference's absence.
Mar 24 - 3:47 PM

Andrew Ference played in his 900th career game on Saturday.

"Nine hundred games? You peck away at it. There's been two lockouts (a full season lost in 2004-05 and only a 48-game schedule in 2012-13). Every game you get a chance to play is awesome. They start racking up. There's a novelty of a nice round number, but at the end of the day, you just get the memories," Ference said. "The more important number to me is playoff games (120) and winning (the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011). Those memorable ones will be the ones that really stand out." Ference turned 36 on March 17 and it seems likely that he'll at least reach the 1,000-game mark before hanging up his skates. He has three goals and 14 points in 69 contests this season.
Mar 23 - 9:35 AM

It will be interesting to see if the Edmonton Oilers move Andrew Ference before the trade deadline.

Ference, 35, is signed through 2017-18, so there's certainly no urgency for the Oilers to trade him. At the same time, there's been questions about his effectiveness as the team captain and if the Oilers are looking to shake things up without moving any of their core players, trading Ference might accomplish that. He also has plenty of playoff experience, which makes him desirable for contending teams.
Jan 23 - 10:31 AM

Andrew Ference vented his frustration about the state of the Oilers after they dropped their 10th straight game on Monday.

"To come here and and try to convince players that they should be happy to be in the NHL, to have some pride and not mope around, is a joke, it shouldn't happen at this level," said Ference. "Until guys can figure that part out it's going to be a constant cycle. It's about working hard and learning and not making the same mistakes over and over again." Edmonton certainly seems like a team stuck in the NHL's version of groundhog day as it's been nearly a decade since they were an even passable team.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 10:52:00 AM

Andrew Ference scored against Vancouver in a 5-4 loss Wednesday night.

Ference has a goal and two points in 16 games this season. He might increase his point-per-game pace as the season goes on, but he won't be worth owning in standard leagues.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 09:33:00 AM

Andrew Ference was reinstated from his suspension on Sunday November 9.

Ference was forced to miss three straight games for punishment over his high hit on Vancouver forward Zack Kassian. Ference had a plus-three rating and logged 22:13 minutes of ice time in his return.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 02:03:00 AM

Andrew Ference has been suspended for three games for an illegal check to the head of Vancouver forward Zack Kassian.

Ference received a minor penalty for illegal check to the head in Saturday's game versus the Canucks. The Oilers captain is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, so he has to give up $118,902.45 based on his average annual salary. Ference will be eligible to return on Nov. 9 against the New York Rangers.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference will have a meeting with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Monday for a hit on Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian.

Ference, 35, received a two-minute penalty during the game for that check. He's been suspended twice during his NHL career. The league didn't specify if this meeting will take place in person or over the phone.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 01:56:00 PM

Andrew Ference could be suspended for his hit to the head on Zack Kassian.

There is no love lost between Kassian and the Oilers, especially after Kassian broke the jaw of Sam Gagner during the pre-season last year but Ference thought the hit was legal. "I thought it was good legal body check," said Ference. "I was surprised to get a penalty on it. I asked the ref what he saw. I said I don’t think I got him that high, I’m a pretty short guy." Ference got only a minor and it remains to be seen if the NHL will give any disciplinary action to Ference. Stay tuned.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:38:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have yet to taste victory this season as they are 0-4-1.

The Oilers play the second game of a seven game homestand on Monday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. "The psyche is getting ready to win, determined to get some wins under our belt and get some points," captain Andrew Ference said. "When you have games every other day, it’s an opportunity for you to make something better happen. You’re somewhat in control. Obviously, there’s another team out there, but you’re somewhat in control of the momentum or whatever you want to call it of your team, based on how you’re playing. The losses are frustrating, but there’s positive numbers within the losses that you can also highlight and say that trending over a whole season, those will pan out into better results."
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 06:38:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have allowed a staggering 5.5 goals per game so far in 2014-15.

The sample size is still small, but it has been an ugly start for Edmonton. "We came out of camp believing we were tidying up one of the most glaring negatives of our game last year, the defensive play as a five man unit," Andrew Ference said. Ference is bothered by the juicy scoring chances the Oilers are giving up as well as the sheer volume of goals Edmonton has allowed. Edmonton needs to hope it can turn this around soon or it will be in for another very long season.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 08:17:00 AM

Andrew Ference who hurt his right arm in Sunday's loss to Chicago, appears to have avoided serious injury.

Ference left the game after blocking a shot with his right arm. According to the Edmonton Oilers' play-by-play voice Jack Michaels, Ference should be fine going forward.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 09:07:00 PM

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