Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference is the 2014 recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
Ference signed with his hometown last summer as a free agent from Boston and immediately assumed a leadership role with the team, being named the Oilers' captain. Going back to Boston, Ference has been about much more than just hockey, active in a number of different interests. That carried with him to Edmonton.
Here is just a taste of what Ference has done.
Upon his arrival in Edmonton, Ference wasted no time making his mark on the community, bringing the November Project to Oil Country, a community fitness project that was originally started by two of his friends in Boston. The free program encourages people of all ages and abilities gather in a group once a week to partake in various forms of physical activity at public locations throughout the city. While the project began as a small group, Ference's persistence never wavered and soon hundreds of people from the community joined the movement.
Soon after assuming a leadership role with the Oilers, Ference brought forth another issue close to his heart, preserving the environment for future generations as a proud supporter if the green movement. Through the EOCF, the Oilers captain reached out to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre and invited grade 3 and 4 students from a local school to join him on a tour of the facility and engaged with the students on being environmentally conscious, as well as educating on how things like recycling can create a positive impact on the environment.
Again, that's only a taste. He's been involved in numerous other endeavors as well including recently becoming the first Oilers player to take part in the Edmonton Pride parade. Not to mention Ference did a little work for NBC in the postseason and was very good there, too.
Basically, it's hard to come up with a bad thing to say about Ference, especially off the ice.
A former teammate of Ference, Patrice Bergeron, won the King Clancy last season. Ference will receive his award and recognition at the NHL Awards Show on Tuesday.