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Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute, fined

Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:19 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 2:35 pm
 
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was fined $2,500 for his post-goal celebration in the second period of Game 4 on Thursday. 

Cameras caught Ference flip the Bell Centre crowd the bird after he scored to make it a one-goal game. The Bruins eventually won the game, 5-4, in overtime to even the best-of-7 series at 2-2. The NHL announced the fine -- the largest allowed under the collective bargaining agreement -- on Friday. 

The Globe and Mail reports what what CBC analyst Glenn Healy said after the gesture and whether punishment was warranted: 
“It’s what he does after he scores the goal that enrages me,” Healy said. “Andrew Ference, you better get ready to open up your wallet because this little act here after you scored the goal ... isn’t called for.”

There's also the possibility of a suspension. The NHL suspended Canadiens defenseman James Wisniewski, who was then with the New York Islanders, two games for an obscene gesture in October.

Since this is family website, let's just say Wisniewski's gesture was just slightly more graphic than what Ference did Thursday. 

Here's a look:


-- A.J. Perez
Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

I think you all are missing the point. There's a reason why Andrew Ferrence gets paid $2.25M per year to be a "professional" hockey player and play a game for a living (and he's an average player, not even a great player). Fans pay on average $150 per ticket to attend games in Montreal. Not that it gives the fans the right to do anything they want, but booing and yelling insults is nothing new to hockey (and not only in Montreal). I go to the Garden regularly and I'll be there Saturday to hear the fans boo PK Subban again. I can't wait to hear Bruins fan cheer "U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A", especially since the only decent American player on the team is Tim Thomas. Even the coach is French Canadian... Let's face it, fans go to the rink to have a good time and blow off some steam; this is not a black tie affair, so please stop pretending to be offended by booing.

You all can say what you want about the Montreal fans; at the end of the day, the Bell Center is always sold out and the fans buy a ton of NHL gear and travel to other rinks (e.g., Boston) to attend games. Players like Andrew Ferrence benefit financially from the passion of the Montreal fans and he's expected to be the "bigger man" as the "professional" who pockets millions.



Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

I personally think this is awesome fans can shout down any insults and obsenities they want so it should be ok for a player to give a good old FU right back at the hecklers




Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

When in Rome!!!!! Montreal brings out the worst in everyone!!!!!




Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

Tballgame,

You do realize Ference is Canadian himself right?



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

This is pretty typical of a Boston franchise.  What really will impress the masses is the lack of penalty that will be imposed on this player.  There is a big push for the Bruins to win the cup since they are the only NESN covered organization that has not won a championship.  There is not going to be a suspension for this...not for a Boston player because it could affect the outcome of the playoffs.  He will be fined and that is it.  A suspension is as likely as a Boston coach getting thrown or suspended out of football for repeatedly cheating throughout the season and the Super Bowl.  It has the same amount of integrity as a steroid investigation into MLB performed by the chairman of the board of one of the teams in the league.  Andrew Ference was not "giving the bird", he took "over the counter supplements in the past" that keeps him from making a fist.  He is just "Ference being Ference" and he needs to "cowboy up", because "we believe".



Shut up...



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

THe Canadien fans booed our national anthem...BOOED our NATIONAL ANTHEM...
Would you expect anything less from Habs fans?



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

i couldnt have said it better



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

THe Canadien fans booed our national anthem...BOOED our NATIONAL ANTHEM...Sorry but they should be given the finger.  You do not get respect after that.  You get what you deserve.  He was disrepectful?  No he gave beck what was given to him.  The US is not perfect.  We have our problems like every one else but I don't care, I love my country.  I live in New England.  I go to a alot of hockey and not once have I ever thought of booing the Canadian National Anthem...NOT ONCE.  And to the announcer...I don't care what you condone.  My dad fought for this country.  My grandfather fought for this country.  People have died for this country.  Boo our anthem...screw you...



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

LOL.  <br />




Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Bruins' Ference gives Montreal crowd a salute

At least he waited and did it after a goal.  In Slapshot, "Mad Dog" Madison did it during pregame player introductions.  But maybe his lawyer "Small Print" Lyman got him out of all the fines. 

As for the poster with the 7 year old, discuss not only the inappropriateness of the gesture but also the penalty of fine/suspension ($2500 is many weeks' allowance for a 7 year old).  It would be nice to have the TV stations show Ference writing out a check but all they'll show is the pixillated shot of the gesture.


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