From baseball games to the great outdoors and the Windy City, Andrew Ference has been busy lately.
Recently, he threw out the first pitch at a game of the Nashua Silver Knights, a collegiate summer league baseball team in nearby Nashua, N.H. Well, he didn’t so much throw out the pitch as he did shoot out the pitch with what he termed a “wicked wrist shot.” Here is a video of the shot:
When Malcolm Subban was drafted, a few Twitter users asked Ference what his thoughts were on the selected. He promised a Montreal Canadiens fan that he would take care of the younger Subban and said that he couldn’t really say much else about him because he hasn’t met him yet. He also reminisced about when he was selected in the 1997 draft–he didn’t attend in person but was still thrilled to get the news.
Last weekend, he was at an event to support the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, an initiative dedicated to caring for the green spaces in the city of Boston. The conservancy kicked off a series of events encouraging people to go to the parks, calling it Circle the City, and Ference attended the inaugural event in Franklin Park. He put on youth hockey lessons that included shootout drills and scrimmages. One of the players was his older daughter Ava. He first got involved with Emerald Necklace through his wife Krista and has been to some fundraising events before Circle the City.
Speaking of Ava, she and her sister Stella recently received a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama. Ference posted a picture on his Twitter and explained that it was in response to some drawings the Ference girls did for Malia and Sasha Obama.
Most recently, Ference went to Chicago with many other players, including Daniel Paille, for executive board meetings of the NHLPA. Paille is the Bruins’ NHLPA representative. These meetings come ahead of negotiations between the NHLPA and the NHL regarding a new collective bargaining agreement, set to begin on Friday in New York City.
Plus, he’s written an article for the Good Man Project about accountability and held two separate sessions where he answered a lot of questions from Twitter users.
Who says players don’t do much in the offseason?