Defenseman Andrew Ference, who won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011, announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday after 16 years.
“As I graduate from my time of playing in the NHL, I realize I have the problem of being unable to properly thank the hundreds of people who have helped me achieve my goal of playing in the best league in the world,” Ference said in a statement. “No one gets here on their own, especially average sized guys with average skills. If you think you deserve a thank you from me, you probably do… Thanks!
“My girls, Ava and Stella, and my wife, Krista, however do deserve a proper thanks and my infinite gratitude. They tended my broken bones and bruised ego more times than I can count and gave me unending love and support even when I missed a Christmas concert for a road trip.”
Ference hadn’t played in a game since the 2015-16 season with Edmonton. He was sidelined all of last year with hip surgery.
Ference spent six years with the Bruins. He scored three goals with 15 points in 2011, and then added four goals and 10 points in the postseason, helping lift the B’s to their first championship since 1972.