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Andrew Ference | Defenseman | #21

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/17/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 182
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 8 (208) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Andrew Ference has announced his retirement from hockey.
Ference wasn't able to play in the 2016-17 campaign due to a hip injury that he termed as career-ending. It's an unfortunate way to close out his career, but it doesn't change the fact that he had a fantastic run. The defenseman scored 43 goals and 225 points in 907 career games with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Edmonton Oilers. He averaged over 20 minutes in four different campaigns and got at least 19 minutes per game in seven of his seasons. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and served as the team captain in Edmonton. All that was accomplished after being passed on until the 208th overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Thu, Jul 13, 2017 03:50:00 PM

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Andrew Ference (hip) has been moved to the long-term injured reserve list.

Unfortunately, Ference isn't expected to be able to return from his hip injury, so this move was expected. Edmonton is getting some added cap flexibility.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Although Andrew Ference hasn't officially retired, it certainly sounds like he's moved on because of his hip injury.

"What is the terminology? I have a career-ending injury," said Ference. "That’s the way I’m looking at it. I got 16 years. I don’t feel I missed out. The people close to me walk on egg-shells until I tell them it’s OK. I told my wife it’s like graduating from high school. You go to high school, have a blast, have all these great parties but by the time you get to the end of high school, you say, ‘All right, I’m ready for the next step.’ You have fond memories. If I hadn’t won a Stanley Cup (2011 in Boston), that would be tough to swallow now." With one season left on his contract, it's expected that Ference will be placed on the long-term injured reserve list by the Edmonton Oilers. If this is the end of his career, he'll finish with 43 goals and 225 points in 907 career games. As he noted he won the Stanley Cup in 2011 with Boston and also participated in the Stanley Cup Final in 2004 when his Calgary Flames fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:58:00 PM

Andrew Ference can't be bought out by Edmonton because he hasn't been cleared medically after hip surgery in early March.

"He's not cleared to play ice hockey and a cartilage repair takes a long time," said agent Kurt Overhardt. "He's nowhere near being cleared so it's not even an issue. If you are hurt, you're hurt. He has to be able to run, he has to be able to skate." Ference played just six games last season, while serving as a depth defender.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Andrew Ference may be bought out by the Oilers.

If that happens then Ference could decide to retire. "I'm going by the advice of my good friend Mark Recchi, who said, 'You keep going until they kick you out,'" he said with a smile. The 37-year-old defenseman played in just six games with Edmonton in 2015-16. He has one season left on a contract that carries a $3.25 million cap hit.
Sat, May 14, 2016 03:58:00 PM

According to the Edmonton Sun, Andrew Ference will reportedly have hip surgery on March 31.

Ference hasn't been in game action since November 27 in Detroit. The 37 year-old is expecting to be bought out of his four year contract with the team and could retire if that does happen. The blue liner has only played in six games this season, however he has played in a serviceable 147 games throughout his Oilers' career. Ference signed his four-year contract with the Oilers in July 2013.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 09:35:00 AM

Andrew Ference will undergo season-ending hip surgery.

Ference was limited to just six games this season. If he's healthy, the 36-year-old defenseman will likely get a chance to bounce back in 2016-17 as he's signed with the Oilers until the summer of 2017.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 12:02:00 PM

Andrew Ference has been placed on the injured reserve list for an undisclosed reason.

Ference has only played in six games this season and just one of those contests took place after October, but it's been presumed that he's been healthy. It's still likely the case that he was healthy for most, if not all of his prior scratches. Either way, this frees up a roster spot for Edmonton.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Andrew Ference is a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Chicago.

The 36-year-old hasn't played since Nov. 27 and even then he played under five minutes in that game. Ference has no points and minus-4 rating in six games this season. He has no fantasy value going forward.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 08:42:00 PM

Andrew Ference will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Boston Bruins.

The Oilers activated Ference today, but he won't suit up against his former team. The 36-year-old has no points in six games this season.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 06:43:00 PM

Andrew Ference has been activated from injured reserve.

He will may fill in for injured defender Oscar Klefbom on Monday night against Boston.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 11:37:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have announced that defensemen Andrew Ference has been placed on injured reserve.

Ference has played a total of 4:24 since November 3rd. He has no fantasy value.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Andrew Ference and Jujhar Khaira will each be scratched from Friday's match with Detroit.

Unfortunately neither Ference nor Kaira have much fantasy value. The former captain Ference has seen just five games thus far, and Kaira has just 17 points in 73 AHL games before being called up.
Source: Paul Harris
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 07:09:00 PM

Andrew Ference and Andrew Miller will each be scratched from Friday's game with the Devils.

It's now nearly American Thanksgiving and Ference and Miller have combined for just 11 games played. If you didn't know it before, you do know that neither player has much fantasy value now.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 07:56:00 PM

Andrew Ference is dealing with the flu.

Ference hasn't been dressed lately anyways, but he wasn't available for Saturday's contest. He's only played in five contests this season.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 12:12:00 AM

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C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Ryan Strome
LW1Milan Lucic
2Mike Cammalleri
3Jujhar Khaira
4Anton Slepyshev
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Zack Kassian
3Drake Caggiula
4Jesse Puljujarvi
5Iiro Pakarinen
6Pontus Aberg
7Ty Rattie
D1Oscar Klefbom
2Adam Larsson
3Kris Russell
4Matthew Benning
5Darnell Nurse
6Andrej Sekera
7Yohann Auvitu
G1Cam Talbot
2Mikko Koskinen
3Al Montoya