BOSTON -- Andrew Ference
knew exactly how he wanted to help his team celebrate their Stanley Cup victory. So after the games, the flights, the parties, the Rolling Rally, the Duck Boats and Fenway Park, Boston’s defenseman found his own way to help the B’s remember their incredible season.
Ference flew his tattoo artist from Calgary to TD Garden to ink any members of the Bruins who wanted a permanent reminder of their championship.
“He’s always wanted to come here and do his thing, so he said, if you guys ever win, I’ll come down and tat all you guys up,” Ference said. “So I sent him a quick email after we won and here he is.”
The tattoo artist was on hand yesterday to mark any member of the Black & Gold that wanted it- and about half went under the gun. The Bruins didn’t all get the same tattoo: some got the Spoked-B, others personal reminders of the year and the victory that made the postseason so special. One tattoo in particular stuck out to its benefactor as especially poignant.
“Rex [Mark Recchi] is getting all [three] of his done, all of his past Stanley Cups,” Ference said. “Some guys are just getting writing, some guys are getting the [Spoked-] B, the Cup and B combo or something like that.”
Ference’s permanent mark on his teammates was fitting; given the permanent mark he had on the Bruins successful postseason. The blueliner scored four goals and six assists, contributing ten points in the playoffs, including Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, where he netted the game-winner that propelled Boston to a Game 7, and eventually, to a Cup championship.
The Edmonton native also refused to back down physically in the playoffs, spending the third-most time on the team in the penalty box (37 minutes), registering 32 hits on his opponents, and earning a +/- rating of 10, the fourth best of any Boston defenseman.
It all culminated in Ference’s first Cup victory, an accomplishment almost sweeter than he anticipated.
“It’s been more incredible than I could have ever thought it was,” Ference said. “Even when I was a kid.
“And it’s nice to end the season happy, you know, because every other year you’re not. It’s a great feeling.”
Ference and his teammates deserved to end the season happy, considering the play they exhibited on the ice in 2010-11. He closed out the regular season with 3-12-15 totals, and had the third best +/- rating of Boston’s defense (22). It was a performance that lead to the postseason, carrying Ference and his teammates through Montreal, Philadelphia, Tampa and finally Vancouver.
It’s a performance that Ference and the rest of the Black & Gold can finally celebrate.
“So much has happened, and [I] definitely [need to look at the] DVR, you know, hit up the DVR to relive some of the things, some of the moments,” Ference said. “Getting back and the parade and the reception by the fans, doing the Red Sox thing today, even last night, just partying with the guys and how everyone was just in the room.
“It’s been really enjoyable.”---Elizabeth Traynor