Captain Andrew Ference will make history on Saturday as he becomes the first Oiler to participate in the city’s pride parade.
Ference will be marching in the parade alongside Camp fYerfly (Canada’s only national leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth), representing the ‘You Can Play’ team. The purpose of ‘You Can Play’ is to eradicate homophobia in sports. Ference has been a major advocate for the YCP campaign, which lainched in March of 2012 and officially partnered with the NHL and NHLPA in April of 2013.
“You Can Play has fundamentally changed the way the NHL players think and act,” Ference told Global News.
“We understand the important role we can play in ending discrimination within sports and society…When we work, play and live together without discrimination it makes our entire community stronger and more productive.”
The parade begins at noon, follows 102nd Ave and marches past City Hall. More celebrations will be held at Winston Churchill Square.
Since his return to his hometown team last summer, Ference has been very active in the community, from his green initiatives teaming up with Mayor Don Iveson, to his own personal composting, to spearheading a local drop-in fitness initiative called November Project, which he brought with him from Boston.
Jenny Scrivens, wife of Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, will also be participating in the parade.