Boston Bruins and D Andrew Ference agree to three-year contract extension

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins signed defenceman Andrew Ference to a US$6.75-million, three-year contract extension Wednesday that runs through the 2013-14 NHL season.

Ference, 31, has collected eight assists in 50 games for the Bruins this season. In three-plus years with Boston, Ference has played in 182 games with three goals, 29 assists and 137 penalty minutes.

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The Bruins acquired him from Calgary in February 2007 along with Chuck Kobasew for Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau, and a fourth-round pick.

Ference has played 569 NHL games with Boston, Calgary and Pittsburgh, amassing 24 goals, 117 assists and 141 points over 10 NHL seasons.