**This is a new weekly NHL feature here at 110 Sportz Talk.**
Every team, every game, has a hero. In hockey there’s usually more than one hero per team. Some like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and even Steven Stamkos are always at the top of the headlines, appearing in numerous All Star games and Olympic events. Others go about the business of trying to win games for their team without much fanfare. This week’s “Unsung Hero” is the Boston Bruins Andrew Ference.
When you think of Boston the names you’re most likely to recognize are Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara. Ference is a great player in his own right though, producing 24 points and a plus-9 rating in only 72 games last season. Back in 2010-2011 Ference put up 15 points and a plus-22 rating in just 70 regular season games. He got better during the 2011 postseason, posting 10 points and a plus-10 rating in 25 games, ultimately ending with the Bruins winning Lord Stanley’s Cup.
As if his on-ice play isn’t impressive enough Ference also enjoys helping out in the Boston, as well as hockey, community. A early morning stair climb at Harvard University turned into, thanks to a little help from Twitter, a fundraiser to help raise money for the “You Can Play Project.” Founded by Patrick Burke, this project aims to end homophobia in sports. (Source: Boston Bruins)
This just goes to show that some hockey players impress with their off-ice contributions as much as their on-ice contributions.
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*Lauren Burg is an NHL Featured Writer for 110 Sportz Talk. An avid hockey, mainly Tampa Bay Lightning fan, Lauren enjoys writing about all things related to hockey. You can contact Lauren on Twitter, @TBLightning491, or e-mail her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.* (31)