Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 30

Andrew Ference biking around Boston with Lord Stanley in a carrier.
AAndrew Ference biking around Boston with Lord Stanley in a carrier. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Andrew Ference has taken a serious leadership role amongst his brethren in the National Hockey League Players' Association in the area of environmental issues. "I am avid in outdoor sports and want to protect the environment I play in, have two young daughters that I want to leave a clean Earth for and quite simply, just want to do the right thing," he blogged. "We have countless opportunities to alter our consumer and lifestyle choices that make a serious impact on the way we move forward to a better, more responsible, way of living."

Influenced heavily by Dr. David Suzuki, a leading Canadian environmentalist, Andrew began making changes in his own life. By 1998-99, he was the Western Hockey League's Humanitarian of the Year. "In my first couple of years in the NHL, I started taking recycling more seriously," he commented, "and instead of the truck I had when I came out of junior, I got a (Toyota Hybrid) Prius. I started riding my bike more instead of driving my car everywhere."

Andrew Ference and the Stanley Cup spending some at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Andrew Ference and the Stanley Cup spending some at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
On Monday, September 5, it was Andrew Ference's day to celebrate with the Stanley Cup. True to form, Andrew biked around Boston with the Stanley Cup in a carrier being pulled behind. His wife, Krista, and their two daughters, Ava and Stella, along with other close friends, rode beside Andrew in a Pedicab. "My day with the Cup was when we won it, hoisting it on the ice, in the locker room and on the plane ride home," Andrew announced. "Today, the Cup is for my friends and family and the people of Boston!"

The first stop was Beacon Hill Nursery School, where Stella is currently enrolled, to show the children and staff what hockey's greatest trophy looks like up close. After class was dismissed, the Cup was taken to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in North America. Andrew circulated with the Stanley Cup, adding a terrific energy to the centre. Among those he visited with was the extraordinary the father and son tandem of Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick has cerebral palsy and with his Dad, the two compete as Team Hoyt in marathons, triathlons and Iron Man competitions. For example, in triathlons, Dick pulls his son in a special floating device as they swim, carries him in a special seat on the front of their bicycle and pushes Rick's wheelchair as they run.

Andrew Ference and the Stanley Cup taking part in the Saint Anthony's Feast Parade.
Andrew Ference and the Stanley Cup taking part in the Saint Anthony's Feast Parade. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
One of the highlights of each year in the North End of Boston is the Saint Anthony's Feast parade. Part of an Italian street festival, the procession is led by a statue of Saint Anthony and is accompanied by marching bands, floats and, in 2011, the Stanley Cup! The gleaming trophy was perched on a six-man platform and carried along the parade route.

The Cup made several stops along the way, including Tresca, an outstanding restaurant co-owned by Ray Bourque. At the end of the parade, Andrew had something very clever and unique planned. The celebration on Hanover Street evolved into a flash mob. Amidst the chaos on the street emerged a synchronized dance performance that gradually involved more and more onlookers. The music, much of it from Queen, eventually gave way to chants of "Andrew Ference. Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap" while Andrew hoisted the Cup over his head amidst the crowd.

Andrew Ference proudly hoisting the Stanley Cup during a flash mob.
Andrew Ference proudly hoisting the Stanley Cup during a flash mob. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Tremendously unique, that was the first time the Stanley Cup had been involved in a flash mob, an idea that Andrew and his eldest daughter came upon after watching something similar on YouTube.

Back at his home, Ference and the Stanley Cup were guests on the rooftop of their building, and enjoyed a quieter time with family, friends and neighbours. Then, joined by more than a hundred guests, Andrew and Krista were the guests of honour at Vinoteca di Monica for a celebration dinner. The North End restaurant features rustic regional Italian cuisine and one of the most extensive wine selections in Boston.

The night wound down with the Stanley Cup taken by Ference to The Estate, an amazing two-storey nightclub with a balcony where patrons could see the Bruins' reward for their championship season.

Andrew Ference along with family and friends sharing a moment Lord Stanley.
Andrew Ference along with family and friends sharing a moment with Lord Stanley. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)

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Join the Stanley Cup Journal again Friday as we turn the page to a new adventure from the Boston Bruins' championship summer.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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