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Andrew Ference | Defenseman

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/17/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 189
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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." Oct 19 - 6:38 AM

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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.
Oct 16 - 8:17 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.
Sep 28 - 9:07 PM

Edmonton Oilers’ defenseman Andrew Ference left Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with a right arm injury.

Ference, 35, is the Oilers’ captain and he’s also an important piece of the defense. Although he doesn’t bring much offensively, Ference is physical and a key veteran on a young Oilers team.
Sep 28 - 7:59 PM

Andrew Ference has been named as the winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy rewards leadership and humanitarian contributions. Ference was involved in a lot of charitable projects over the 2013-14 campaign, including some of his own like the Hope Mission Shelter, which provides overnight shelter and meals for the homeless or those in danger of becoming homeless in Edmonton. He's also worked on behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and serves as a representative for You Can Play.
Jun 18 - 3:55 PM

Andrew Ference is gone for the rest of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle.

Ference has been having trouble with the injury of late and it was determined to shut him down. Ference finishes the season with three goals and 18 points in 71 games. He was also minus-18 on the season but his big value to the Oilers is his veteran presence on the blueline. Of course, that does not do fantasy fans any good in their pools.
Mar 31 - 7:58 AM

Former Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will be playing his first game in Boston today since joining the Oilers as a free agent in the off-season.

"It’s obviously a place where I spent a lot of time," Ference said following practice Friday. "My family grew up here, so the kids came back for this trip. They actually both went back to their old schools (Friday) with all their old buddies, so it’s pretty cool. They have a lot of roots here." Ference has been cleared to play after sitting out the previous three games with concussion-like symptoms. The Oilers captain smacked his head on the glass absorbing a hit against the Phoenix Coyotes a week ago. While the impact did not appear severe, it did enough to knock him out of the lineup.
Feb 1 - 9:55 AM

Andrew Ference will not play on Sunday as he suffered a head injury Friday.

Ference left Friday's game late in the first period and did not return. He has two goals and 10 points in 51 games with 49 penalty minutes. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Jan 26 - 7:04 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have given up a league-high 178 goals in 50 games and are on their fourth and fifth goalies of the season.

"It doesn’t matter how good the forwards are, and the Oilers can rotate all the goalies they want; without an NHL caliber defense, none of it matters," writes Robert Tychkowsi of the Edmonton Sun. "With Justin Schultz, Anton Belov, Martin Marincin, Jeff Petry, Nick Schultz and Andrew Ference, with a sprinkling of Corey Potter and Philip Larsen, the Edmonton blueline is a disjointed mix of skinny, inexperienced newcomers and veterans who are not quite capable of picking up the slack. It’s making for some hard nights." Ference, veteran of the Oilers' blueline, said: No team plays perfec. Even when you watch games with the top teams in the league, they still turn over the puck. Everybody makes mistakes, it’s a matter of what kind of layers you have and what kind of awareness you have on the ice, so that when you do make mistakes there’s back-up plans and there’s people there to cover up. The teams that are consistently playing well, they have that. . ."
Jan 18 - 9:56 AM

Andrew Ference will play against his former team, Boston, on Thursday for the first time since he joined the Edmonton Oilers.

Ference spent parts of seven seasons with the Bruins and that included a Stanley Cup championship. "Individually, it's exciting," Ference said. "It's obviously a little weird playing against guys that you've played with so long, but in the same token, I think that I've been around long enough that you go to battle and learn how to fight, probably even harder against your buddies than you would against guys you don't know, just to one up each other." Ference has 64 hits and 47 blocked shots in 32 games this season.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Andrew Ference scored his second goal of the season on Sunday.

The 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.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 06:49:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have won three consecutive games, with 14 unanswered goals in the process.

Things 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."
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference is "sick" of what's going on with his team.

Edmonton 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."
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 09:03:00 AM

Andrew Ference had a big game Saturday as he had seven hits.

Ference, 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.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 08:28:00 AM

Oilers captain Andrew Ference sees the six-game road trip as a chance for the Oilers to form their identity.

"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.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 09:20:00 AM

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