The Edmonton Oilers have named Andrew Ference their new team captain, making him the 14th captain in franchise history.
Ference, 34, is entering his 14th NHL season and his first as an Oiler. Drafted in the 8th round (208th overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, the 5’11”, 189-pound defenceman has recorded 193 points (37G, 156A) and 645 penalty minutes in 760 career games.
The Edmonton, Alberta native has spent time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, and Boston Bruins throughout his NHL career, including helping Boston to their sixth Stanley Cup championship in 2011. Ference also served as an Assistant Captain with the Bruins for the past two seasons (2011- 2013).
Off the ice, Ference is very active in the community and started the “November Project”, a community workout program which began a couple years ago while he was playing in Boston. The initiative involves people partaking in various forms of physical activity in public locations throughout the city. Andrew is often at the 6:00 a.m. workouts running stairs or doing pushups, as well as sharing his passion for fitness with the Edmonton community.
Ference joins Ron Chipperfield (1979-80), Blair MacDonald (1980-81), Lee Fogolin (1980-81 to 1982-1983), Wayne Gretzky (1983-84 to 1987-88), Mark Messier (1988-89 to 1990-91), Kevin Lowe (1991-92), Craig MacTavish (1992-93 to 1993-94), Shayne Corson (1994-95), Kelly Buchberger (1995-96 to 1998-99), Doug Weight (1999-00 to 2000-01), Jason Smith (2001-02 to 2006-07), Ethan Moreau (2007-08 to 2009-10), and Shawn Horcoff (2010-11 to 2012-13) in the succession of Oiler captains.