BOSTON - The Boston Bruins announced today, April 2, the launch of a podcast series, Cue the Memories, presented by Bud Light to honor the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins team. The podcast will be hosted by Stanley Cup Champion and 2011 Bruins alumni Andrew Ference and Bruins digital reporter Eric Russo, featuring guests from the 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup winning team
Building off of last spring's Bud Light Locker Room Time Machine virtual reunion, each episode will include candid conversations about some of the best untold behind the scenes stories and moments from the magical run. The first episode featuring Bruins alumni Adam McQuaid will be released on Tuesday, April 6.
Ference was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eighth round (208th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He played four-plus seasons in the Penguins organization at both the NHL and minor league levels before being sent to Calgary for a 2004 third round draft pick on February 10, 2003. The Edmonton, Alberta native was acquired by Boston from Calgary for Chuck Kobasew for Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau, and a 2008 fourth round pick on February 10, 2007. He played in parts of seven seasons for the Bruins, notching 16 goals, 78 assists and 94 points in 373 games with the Black & Gold, averaging over 20 minutes a game during that span. During the 2011 run to the Stanley Cup, Ference appeared in all 25 playoff games, scoring four goals and recording six assists for 10 points and a plus-10 rating en route to winning his first Stanley Cup.
An avid environmentalist, Ference was one of the most active Bruins in the community and was involved in a number of charitable causes in the Greater Boston area and worldwide. He spearheaded the NHLPA's Carbon Neutral Challenge, whereby players offset the carbon emissions through their hockey related travel with Gold Standard Credits which put money back into renewable energy projects, donated half of his 2009 playoff bonus to the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, served as a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority encouraging the use of public transportation, spoke about environmental issues at Canada's New Democratic Party's National Convention this past August and acts as an athlete ambassador for the Right To Play organization. In 2018, after retiring from the NHL, Ference was hired by the league as the NHL director of social impact, growth and fan development.
Eric Russo joined the Bruins' Communications Department in 2013 as an intern, before being hired full-time in February 2016. Since 2017, Russo has served as the club's primary digital reporter, hosting the team's news features and 1-on-1 interviews with players, coaches, and management. In addition, he serves as the beat writer for BostonBruins.com, while also overseeing the team's social media content.
Russo is a native of Everett, Massachusetts and a graduate of Everett High School and Suffolk University. Prior to joining the Bruins, the 27-year-old spent nearly five years as a sports correspondent at The Boston Globe, primarily covering high school sports.
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