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Andrew Ference presents Bruins’ Army Ranger jacket one last time

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Former Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference

Andrew Ference made a classy and moving gesture as he departed Boston for Edmonton. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

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 [2011] 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.

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  • Published On Jul 11, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Busy day ahead for Brendan Shanahan?

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    By Allan Muir

    Two days into the NHL playoffs and the wheels of justice already are turnin’.

    Multiple sources are reporting that Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference faces a hearing with the Department of Player Safety this afternoon at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss an elbow he allegedly delivered to the head of Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski on Wednesday night.

    Well, maybe not so allegedly. See for yourself:

    Ference wasn’t penalized on the play. Grabovski, however, was forced to spend some time in the quiet room before being allowed to return to the contest.

    Pretty tough for Ference to defend himself here, so I have to believe that Shanahan will sit him for a game, possibly two, as a result. That likely would lead to Dougie Hamilton drawing in for the Bruins in Game 2 tomorrow night.

    No word yet on whether New York Islanders’ center Marty Reasoner will earn a sit down with Shanny for his cheapshot on Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen in their series opener last night, although Arthur Staple of Newsday says he doesn’t see one forthcoming. Can’t argue with his point — the contact wasn’t knee-on-knee — but it was clearly reckless and caused an injury (though we don’t yet know the extent).

    Given how quickly the league reacted to the Ference incident, it could be safe to assume that Reasoner is in the clear if we don’t hear something in the next hour or so.

  • Published On May 02, 2013