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Former Bruin Andrew Ference Retires

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Former Boston Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference Retires From Hockey

One of the leaders from the 2011 Stanley Cup winning team is walking away from hockey.

Defenseman Andrew Ference announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday. Since leaving Boston he went to play for his hometown Edmonton Oilers and has played there since the 2013-14 season.

Ference played for the Boston Bruins from the 2006-07 up until the 2012-13 season. During that time the 38-year-old left-shot defenseman played in 373 games in 7 seasons recording 94 points, 278 PIM, +24 +/- and averaged 20:01 minutes per game for the B’s.

In his press release, Ference talked about his family. But at the end, he thanked the teams he played for including the Boston Bruins.

“As I graduate from my time of playing in the NHL, I realize I have the problem of being unable to properly thank the hundreds of people who have helped me achieve my goal of playing in the best league in the world. No one gets here on their own, especially average sized guys with average skills. If you think you deserve a thank you from me, you probably do…Thanks!”

“My girls, Ava and Stella, and my wife, Krista, however do deserve a proper thanks and my infinite gratitude. They tended my broken bones and bruised ego more times than I can count and gave me unending love and support even when I missed a Christmas concert for a road trip.”

“My parents and sister didn’t teach me a lick about skating or shooting but they did teach me a ton about life off of the ice. Because of their lessons, I leave the game having a lot of pride in what I accomplished away from the rink in the great communities where I played.”

“Lastly, thank you to Pittsburgh, Calgary, České Budějovice, Boston and Edmonton. Your love of our sport provided me with an incredible stage to play on and your cities will always feel like home to me. Hockey fans really are amazing!”

Ference was a big part of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup winning team playing all 25 games in the playoffs scoring 4 goals and 6 assists with a +10 +/- and averaged 20:37. One of his most memorable moments of that Stanley Cup run was when he scored a goal on Montreal and gave the camera the middle finger.

At the time he played it off as an equipment malfunction to avoid getting in trouble, but he later owned up to it in a blog post letting it known why he did it.

“Accountability is lacking in our world. Just look at nuisance lawsuits, or the finger-pointing of politicians around the globe. I am guilty myself of trying to blame a middle-fingered celebration after a goal in Montreal on a glove malfunction. In round one of the playoffs between two of the fiercest rivals in our sport, I scored a tying goal in the enemy’s building, only to have my fist pump turn into a sign language that crosses all borders. Facing the media and a possible suspension after the fact proved to be too much for my self-accountability. Self-preservation is a powerful thing … it is easier to place blame elsewhere and overlook your own responsibilities.”

Ference will be remembered in Boston as a leader and a big contributor to the 2011 Stanley Cup team. While he hasn’t played in Boston for four seasons, his presence on the team was clearly missed after he left for the Oilers. While he may not be a Hall of Famer, he should be remembered as one of the better Boston Bruins defensemen in the modern era.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Bruins Take Down Montreal In Preseason Game 1

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Bruins Grab First Win Of The Preseason

Boston took on the Canadiens last night in Quebec City and came out with a victory. Last nights team was all about the kids. Unfortnitally the game was not aired on TV in Boston. the Bruins defeated Montreal 3-2.

From what I have read from people that saw the game is that the kids were very impressive. Tim Schaller, Anders Bjork, and Jesse Gabrielle were the goal scorers. As the whole, the team seems like they are in a good spot to be competitive this season. Especially with all of the prospects on the roster that are eyeing a spot in the big club.

The most impressive was last years NCAA Hobey Baker Finalist Anders Bjork. Bjork scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform last night. Also, the word on the street is that his chemistry with the team is growing. Look for him to grab a top-six spot on the roster heading into the season.

Here is Anders Bjork on his first goal in. A very hockey guy answer:

 

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Boston Bruins Preseason Game 1 Preview

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Boston Bruins VS Montreal Canadiens

Boston looks to take on rival Montreal in their first preseason game of 2018. This will be the first time we are seeing some players in a Bruins uniform. Look for the B’s to have some interesting lines.

The veterans will not be playing tonight like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and David Pastrnak. Tonight’s game is all about the kids and what they can bring to the table. The game is not listed on being shown on NESN, but it may be broadcasted on 98.5 the sports hub.

Everything else is up in the air. The B’s have a ton of guys eyeing a spot on the roster and they do not want to let it slip away. The veterans are the only one who is a shoe-in and we may even see some of their jobs taken.

The puck drops tonight at 7 pm in Quebec City.

Game Roster for Tonights Game:

Forwards: Noel Acciari, Kenny AgostinoMatt Beleskey, Anders ‪Bjork, Colby Cave, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Riley Nash, Chris Porter, Tim Schaller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner, Jack Studnicka

Defensemen: Chris Breen, Connor Clifton, Tommy Cross, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Kevan MillerPaul Postma

Goaltenders: Zane McIntyre, Malcolm Subban

Non-Game Roster:

Forwards: David BackesPatrice Bergeron, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik*, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Danton Ryan Fitzgerald, Colton Hargrove, Heinen, Jakob Forsbacka KarlssonDavid Krejci, Joona Koppanen, Sean KuralyBrad Marchand, Cedric Pare, David Pastrnak, Teddy Purcell, Jordan SzwarzFrank Vatrano

Defensemen: Zdeno CharaBrandon Carlo, Taylor Doherty, Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, Adam McQuaid, Rob O’Gara, Jakub Zboril

Goaltenders: Anton KhudobinTuukka Rask

 

 

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Boston Bruins Trying Pastrnak-Krejci-DeBrusk As A Line

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On Saturday morning at Boston Bruins training camp at the Warrior Ice Arena, the team skated an interesting line.

The newly re-signed David Pastrnak, the overpaid veteran David Krejci, and the unknown rookie in Jake DeBrusk all skated together in practice on Saturday.

This is an expected move with the main goal over the next several weeks to build chemistry within the trio.

Of course, this isn’t the only new lineup that Bruce Cassidy is trying out. On the top line, the B’s are skating Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron-Anders Bjork. Following this logic, the third line center as of right now is veteran David Backes who failed to work out successfully as a wing last season. Backes, of course, could fly out on the wing with JFK centering which is something Boston has worked on in practice.

DeBrusk, like Bjork, will be in a battle for this top 6 role with other players like a Backes or a Frank Vatrano vying for those same spots. Boston’s forward group projects to be younger this year than any other season in recent memory. Aside from DeBrusk and Bjork there are other rookies who will likely find themselves on the Boston Bruins roster to start the season.

Jakob Forsbecka Karlson and Danton Heinen are two other names that come to mind when talking about this young forward group. Their roles with the 2017-18 Bruins is unclear at the moment. But as camp develops their role and potential for this season should start to clarify. But as it currently sits, here is what my forward group lines would look like as of right now based on what Cassidy is rolling in camp.

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

Pastrnak-Krejci-DeBrusk

Vatrano-JFK-Backes

Nash-Spooner-Acciari

Spooner on the fourth is a tough move, but it provides for a solid fourth line that can match up with other teams 3rd liners. This is an early look at the potential lines which will likely change as camp develops and exhibition games get underway.

On the outside looking in for now are players like Austin Czarnik, Tim Schaller, and Heinen.

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