Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brad Ference
Defenseman Brad Ference had a solid Junior career with the Spokane Cheifs and two berths on the Canadian World Junior squad (1998-1999)to his credit before he made the leap to the NHL. Ference was the top draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, but on January 17, 1999 was involved in the biggest trade in Canucks history.

That was the day the Vancouver Canucks traded Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Ference and a 3rd round draft pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Ed Jovonovski, Dave Gagner, Kevin Weekes, Mike Brown and a first round draft pick.

Ference began his professional career with the Panthers AHL affiliate in Louisville in 1999 and he also spent 13 games with Florida as well. The following year he returned for 14 more games while spending the rest of his season honing his skills in Louisville. In the fall of 2001 Ference made the Panthers team out of training camp and he enjoyed his first full campaign as an NHL player.

Ference appeared in 80 games and notched two goals and added 15 assists while providing an aggressive physical game and piling up 254 penalty minutes in the process. The tough defenseman's PIM numbers ranked second in the league behind only his teammate, Peter Worrell.

When the Panthers failed to qualify for the post-season dance, Ference was pleased to receive a call from Lanny McDonald who asked the bruising defenseman to join the Canadian National Team for the World Championships.

Ference returned to the Panthers lineup in 2002-03 and played 60 games before he traded to the Phoenix Coyotes late in the season. During the NHL lockout of 2004-05, Ference played in France before suiting up for the Coyotes AHL affiliate in San Antonio for the early stages of the 2005-06 season. However, after only 19 games with the club, Ference was dealt to the New Jersey Devils.

As a member of the Devils' organization, Ference would suit up with the club's AHL affiliate in Albany for 43 games. After signing as a free agent with the Calgary Flames in 2006-07 and appearing in a handful of games with the club in the regular season, Ference was signed by the Detroit Red Wings in July, 2007.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Calgary Bantam Royals Minor-AB 60 19 47 66 220
1995-96 Calgary Bantam Royals Minor-AB 22 7 21 28 140
1995-96 Spokane Chiefs WHL 5 0 2 2 18
1996-97 Spokane Chiefs WHL 67 6 20 26 324 9 0 4 4 21
1997-98 Spokane Chiefs WHL 54 9 30 39 213 +16 18 0 7 7 59
1997-98 Canada WJC-A 7 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Spokane Chiefs M-Cup 4 1 2 3 12
1998-99 Spokane Chiefs WHL 31 3 22 25 125 -6
1998-99 Tri-City Americans WHL 20 6 15 21 116 +15 12 1 9 10 63
1998-99 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 25
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 13 0 2 2 46 +2
1999-00 Louisville Panthers AHL 58 2 7 9 231 +14 2 0 0 0 2
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 14 0 1 1 14 -10
2000-01 Louisville Panthers AHL 52 3 21 24 200 -22
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 80 2 15 17 254 -13
2001-02 Canada WC-A 6 0 0 0 4 +2
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 60 2 6 8 118 +2
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 15 0 1 1 28 -5
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 63 0 5 5 103 -19
2004-05 HC Morzine-Avoriaz France 17 2 10 12 138 4 1 4 5 10
2005-06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 19 2 9 11 39 -7
2005-06 Albany River Rats AHL 43 3 8 11 96 -8
2006-07 Calgary Flames NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1
2006-07 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights AHL 73 3 23 26 210 -4 6 0 0 0 6
2007-08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 1 1 2 78 -5
NHL Totals 250 4 30 34 565


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1998) Traded to Tri-City (WHL) by Spokane (WHL) for David Boychuk, February 2, 1999. Traded to Florida by Vancouver with Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican and Vancouver's 3rd round pick (Robert Fried) in 2000 NHL Draft for Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and Florida's 1st round pick (Nathan Smith) in 2000 NHL Draft, January 17, 1999. Traded to Phoenix by Florida for Darcy Hordichuk and Phoenix's 2nd round pick (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Matt Smaby) in 2003 NHL Draft, March 8, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Morzine-Avoriaz (France), October 28, 2004. Traded to New Jersey by Phoenix for Pascal Rheaume, Ray Schultz and Steven Spencer, November 25, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 27, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 3, 2007.
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