BOSTON -- Andrew Ference
brought Stanley back home to Boston for his day with the Cup on September 5.
"Well I've lived almost half my life in the States, so I feel like ive got a lot of homes," said the B's veteran defenseman, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta, when asked why he decided to spend his day with the Stanley Cup in the Hub of Hockey.
"Obviously, with the kids growing up and in school, we have a neighborhood that we live in and you add all the things together we have a lot of really close friends here in Boston.
"On top of that, it means a lot to this city. You know? If this was the type of city that wasn't so passionate about their hockey then I probably would have taken it home [to Canada]."
Like many of his teammates, Ference considers Boston more than a home-away-from-home.
"It's a great place," continued Ference. "They've been great to me and it's like home to us, just as much as anywhere else.
"A lot of my family came down here instead and will celebrate down here and have a good time...and we'll have a ton of people that we consider good friends with us."
That number would grow considerably during the day as Ference decided to bike the Cup around the city.
"I wanted to do that, I didn't know if I'd be able to pull it off or not," said Ference with a laugh.
"You know that's another perk of having it in Boston, you can get the Boston PD to help out and they've been pretty great and with the pedicabs we have a caravan going."
That caravan consisted of a some police on bicycles, a couple of bicycle cabs and Ference & Stanley -- with the Cup safely tucked into a cart that would normally carry Andrew's young daughters.
"So, we're doing a couple of cool things as far as my environmental interests go," explained Ference of his green tour. "I'm a big biker and would love to see more bike lanes in the city and all those kind of things.
"Even the beer that we are supplying for the party is from Harpoon -- a good local brewery that's doing their own environmental initiatives -- so, it's little things like that that I wanted to pepper into today.
"It's fun and I can do them -- it's my day -- so I can get away with them and have a good time with it," he said.
That good time began at the Beacon Hill Nursery School.
"This is the nursery school where my youngest daughter is going to go and where my oldest daughter did go," said Ference, from the middle of a gorgeous courtyard playground nestled in the middle of the historic neighborhood.
"It's great, we're right in the middle of Boston," he said. "From here we're going to Spaulding hospital, which is a hospital that we've done some work with over the past few years and they're tremendous.
"We're going to meet with some special people over there."
Finally, Ference would bring the Cup to some of the oldest addresses in Boston.
"We've got a procession in the North End which is going to be pretty much off the charts," said Ference. "After that, it's some good family time and a good little party at the end."
Beyond the bikes and the procession, Ference said that his intention, first and foremost, was always to share the Cup with his family and friends in Boston.
"I'm never going to get higher than I lifted it on the ice or in the locker room with the Cup, so to me this is my chance to share it with all of them and give my family some good time with it," said Ference.
"My wife and kids are obviously just as much a part of winning, or my career, as I am, so it's important.
"And you go down the list of parents, aunts and uncles and all the support that I've had through the years this is my day to organize and their day to experience and have fun with it," he said.