Andrew Ference spent the past seven seasons as a member of the Boston Bruins, helping the franchise to its sixth Stanley Cup championship in 2011. But after signing as a free agent this summer, Ference relocated to his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers. Before the season started, Ference was named the captain of the club, joining a long line of legendary leaders for the franchise. And the defenseman didn’t just bring his talent on the ice back to Edmonton. Ference’s passion for the environment meant early "rise-and-shine" workouts for his new teammates as part of the November Project initiative, a free, public exercise group of which he was a part in Boston.
Kathryn Tappen: What is going to stand out if I go to an Oilers game?
Andrew Ference: I came to a lot of games as a kid. People don't just come to the game for entertainment. Every fan there is fully invested in how the team is playing. People feel like they have a real ownership in this team. It's a special event, and an intense hockey market where people love the games.
KT: How does the media frenzy compare from Boston to Edmonton?
AF: I've played in large markets my whole career, so I'm used to the attention. I enjoy playing in places where people and fans care about what you're doing on the ice. I've been spoiled playing in markets that care about hockey.