GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Brad Ference to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound blueliner played in 63 games for the Coyotes in 2003-04 and recorded 5 assists and 103 penalty minutes (PIM). Ference joined the Coyotes on Mar. 8, 2003 in a trade with Florida and played in 15 games with Phoenix at the end of the 2002-03 season.
Ference, 26, has played five seasons in the NHL split between Florida and Phoenix, recording 4-30-34 and 563 PIM in 245 games. He was originally drafted by Vancouver in the 1st round (10th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.