EDMONTON – (Wire Service Report by The Sports Xchange) – Former Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference officially announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the NHL. He retired as a member of the Edmonton Oilers where he spent the last four seasons with the Oilers and served as the team’s captain from 2013-15. The 38-year-old Alberta native recorded six goals, 26 assists and 108 penalty minutes in 147 career games with Edmonton.
Ference played just six games in 2015-16 before undergoing season-ending hip surgery, and he did not play any games for the Oilers this past season..
“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,” the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Ference said. “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 accumulated 225 points (43 goals, 182 assists) and 753 penalty minutes in 907 career contests with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and Oilers. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the eighth round of the 1997 NHL draft.
“Lastly, thank you to Pittsburgh, Calgary … Boston and Edmonton,” Ference said. “Your love of our sport provided me with an incredible stage to play on and your cities will always feel like home to me. Hockey fans really are amazing!
2017 DMSE SPORTS CLASSIC CELEB MILE PART OF HALF MARATHON, 10K, 5K EVENTS
More than 38 Local Celebrities and Boston-Area Sports Legends to Participate at DMSE Sports Classic Weekend, July 22-23, 2017
BOSTON – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The inspirational story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his continued support by the Greater Boston running community will be on display when DMSE Sports stages its second “Celebrity Mile” on July 22, 2017, as part of the DMSE Classic events. The weekend event, held at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, will include the half marathon, 10K, and 5K races or, for some, the “Hat Trick” of running all three. Runners can visit www.dmseclassic.com to register for any of the races.
Bauman will be joined by fellow Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet, who will help bring an inspirational message to the community, which bonds together around the sport of running, along with Bill Richard, father of Martin Richard and head of MR8, the charitable foundation he created to honor his son. The group will be supported by Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans; B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk; and a host of other celebrities from the media, sports, running, and business communities.
The DMSE Sports Classic will once again be staged by Boston Marathon race director, Dave McGillivray. Last summer, McGillivray brought back the “Celebrity Mile” after a 32-year absence from running events in the Greater Boston area. This year’s edition promises to continue the new tradition with a turnout of many friends and acquaintances of McGillivray from his years of staging (and running) hundreds of events in the Boston region. A complete list of the celebrities scheduled to participate is included at the bottom of the release. The celebrity race is schedule for July 22 at 11 a.m.
Participants will be able to mingle with the celebrities, including Bart Yasso, the chief running officer at Runner’s World magazine; Max Lane, former New England Patriots offensive lineman; Karen Smyers, Ironman Triathlon world champion; Becca Pizzi, World Marathon Challenge champion; and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams.
The “Celebrity Mile” field will also feature 1968 Boston Marathon winner, Amby Burfoot, who will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his feat next April, and he will be joined by Jack Fultz, the Boston Marathon champ of 1976.
Dick Hoyt, the father behind the inspirational Team Hoyt, will also take part in the 2017 DMSE Sports Classic “Celebrity Mile” activities. Merrimack College will be represented by Merrimack Athletic Director Jeremy Gibson, and head women’s ice hockey coach Erin Hamlen and head men’s hockey coach, Mark Dennehy.
“The ‘Celebrity Mile’ was certainly the highlight of the 2016 Classic and this year’s edition will see even more local celebrities”, stated McGillivray. “It is so generous of all of this people to come out and share their time with all of us. I couldn’t be more grateful. The Classic is shaping up to once again be a stellar weekend of events.”
Clarke MacArthur Scores Series Winner in Overtime
BOSTON — Clarke MacArthur was on his way to retirement, having moved to Florida thinking his playing days were gone because of concussions.
Suddenly, he started feeling better. Sunday, the 32-year-old winger scored a power-play goal 6:30 into overtime to give Ottawa a 3-2 Game 6 victory over the Boston Bruins that sent the Senators into the second round.
Senators Still in Session; Defeat Bruins in OT
“There’s nothing like living in the NHL and living in these playoffs,” MacArthur said after his second goal of the series sent his team into the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers. “It’s something (retirement) everyone’s going to have to deal with one day, but I want to stretch it out as long as I can, obviously.”
MacArthur, who returned for four regular-season games and earlier in the series celebrated his comeback with his first goal in two years, sent a Bobby Ryan rebound past Tuukka Rask for the winner.
“You get opportunities like that to put them away, you’ve got to put them away,” MacArthur said. “It’s just awesome that we were able to.”
All six games of the series were decided by one goal, four in overtime, and Sunday marked the Senators’ sixth straight win at TD Garden. Ottawa won eight of 10 games against Boston this season and all were close.
Craig Anderson made 28 saves for Sunday’s deciding win.
Ryan and Kyle Turris also scored for the Senators. Ryan scored his fourth goal in the six games, his fifth in the last seven dating back to the regular season finale, when he broke a 13-game goal drought.
Erik Karlsson, who had been held in check by the Bruins in Games 5 and 6, turned it on and was everywhere in the overtime — his rush down the right side ending when David Pastrnak pulled MacArthur down leading to the Ottawa win.
“My first experience (in the playoffs), I ended up in the box on the last game of the season,” Pastrnak said.
After the game, Karlsson revealed he played the entire series with two hairline fractures in his left heel.
Karlsson, the Ottawa captain, sang MacArthur’s praises, saying, “Very well-deserved I think. Being gone for as long as he had, stepping in late in the season, and playing the way that he is. It just shows what a good character guy he is, how much he wants to be a player and be a good player for this club.”
MacArthur said Sunday’s win helped erase “some nightmares” he experienced when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 4-1 lead and lost a Game 7 to the Bruins in 2013.
“It’s nice to be on the other side,” he said.
Drew Stafford and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, with Brad Marchand assisting on both goals. Marchand, who has scored 76 goals in the last two seasons, scored just one in the series and has one in his last 26 playoff games.
“We battled hard,” said Rask, who made 26 saves. “Ever since after the coaching change, we really came together as a group. We got in the playoffs and then played a heck of a series. I think every game was a one-goal game, so it was a hard-fought series and just didn’t go out way. I think everybody here should be proud the way we battled.”
Bruce Cassidy took over for the fired Claude Julien on Feb. 7 and coached the Bruins into the playoffs with an 18-8-1 record while carrying the interim label, was asked after the game if he wants to return.
“Absolutely — one hundred percent,” he said.
The Bruins scored their first first-period goal — also scoring first for the first time in the series — when Stafford converted on a power-play slapper with 1:47 left in the period.
The Senators struck twice in the second period.
Even though they had fewer regular season points than New York, The Senators will have home ice advantage by virtue of finishing second in the Atlanta Division while the Rangers are a wild card.
The Sens went 2-1 against the Rangers this season.
NOTES: According to STATS, Inc., the three delay-of-game penalties on the Bruins marked the first time since 1989-90 a team did it three times in a first period, the fourth time it was done in any period. The Pittsburgh Penguins had three in a span of 2:02 in the third period of a playoff game last season. … Bruins C David Krejci was out with a lower-body injury sustained in Game 5. He was limited to only two full games in the series. LW Matt Beleskey was back in for his third game in the series. … D Chris Wideman, who injured Krejci in a collision, was also injured but was listed as a healthy scratch. D Fredrik Claesson dressed for the second time in the series. … Ottawa LW Viktor Stalberg, a game-time decision after the skate, dressed, as did Tommy Wingels, in for his second game. LW Tom Pyatt and D Mark Borowiecki remained out with injuries
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
OTTAWA – You can’t shoot if you don’t score, a mantra the Boston Bruins do not need to be reminded of after winning their postseason opener at Ottawa despite matching a dubious mark in the process. Boston can put a stranglehold on its Eastern Conference first-round series when it visits the Senators in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
The Bruins became the first team in nearly 23 years to win a playoff game without registering a shot on goal in a period, getting a pair of goals in the final 20 minutes to rally for a 2-1 victory over Ottawa. “Well, we know we can come back. We’ve proven that for at least one game,” interim Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “In that situation we just needed to calm down and hit the reset button, and get back to our standard of playing fast, with energy and getting on pucks and winning pucks. And we did.” The Senators swept the four-game season series against the Bruins, and the team’s mindset in Wednesday’s loss did not sit well with coach Guy Boucher. “Going into the third, they just stuck with what they were doing and we didn’t,” Boucher said. “We looked like we were scared to lose rather than hungry to win.”
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ABOUT THE BRUINS: Already missing injured defensemen Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo, Boston likely will be without blue-liner Colin Miller as well, making the decision to sign Charlie McAvoy look brilliant rather the desperation move it appeared to be. Fresh out of Boston University and with just four games of AHL experience on his resume, the 19-year-old McAvoy turned in an eye-opening NHL debut, playing 24-plus minutes while paired with captain Zdeno Chara. “There’s not much more you can say than he was phenomenal,” center Patrice Bergeron said of McAvoy, a first-round pick in 2016.
ABOUT THE SENATORS: While Boston’s blue line is in tatters, Ottawa could be receiving a boost along its defense corps with the potential return of Marc Method, who has been sidelined since March 23 after his finger was slashed by Sidney Crosby. “I felt pretty good,” Methot said after Friday’s practice. “At this point, we’re going to have to wait until tomorrow morning and see what happens and discuss everything with the coaches and the trainers.” Bobby Ryan, who ended a 13-game goal drought in the regular-season finale, scored against Boston and recorded a game-high six shots on goal.
1. Ottawa has failed on its last 13 power-play chances and is 1-for-21 over the past eight games.
2. Bruins F Brad Marchand’s game-winning tally Wednesday was his 23rd goal in 42 road games this season.
3. Senators Fs Mark Stone and Zack Smith have not scored in 16 and 14 games, respectively.