By Allan Muir
It has to be tough for Andrew Ference to leave Boston. During his seven-season run, the popular defender planted roots not only in the Bruins organization, but around the community.
One of his earliest friendships was with Staff Sergeant Lucas Carr of the U.S. Army Rangers, an elite infantry unit. And out of that friendship came a gift that became the symbol of effort and sacrifice for the Bruins during their 2013 run to the Stanley Cup Final: the Ranger jacket.
From the Boston Herald:
Throughout the  Cup run, Ference kept in touch with a group of Rangers. He received pictures from Afghanistan of forces proudly waving a Bruins flag, and was told tales of how they’d come back from battle eager to watch the games.
To show his support, Ference wore an Army Rangers T-shirt throughout those playoffs. That summer, he was invited to Fort Benning in Georgia, touring the base and going to both a graduation ceremony and sniper school.
The Rangers put a picture of the Bruins winning the Cup in their hall of fame, and gave Ference the [Ranger] jacket.