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Steelers the 'easy' choice

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The Steel City has backers in the Stampede City.

Having spent parts of their career in Pittsburgh, Calgary Flames defenceman Andrew Ference and forward Shean Donovan are pulling for the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

"Both my wife and I cheered for the Steelers when we were down there," Ference explained. "We did a couple of charity things with the wives' group and the players and met some awesome people."

The Steelers will face Seattle in the NFL title clash Feb. 5.

Ference, drafted by the Penguins and traded to Calgary Feb. 10, 2003, spent parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh and had a chance to meet several players.

"Hines Ward is my favourite guy, by far," he said. "I can't say I know him 'come-over-for-dinner well' but we met at a few functions and chit-chatted.

"They're an easy team to like, any ways, even if you haven't been there. Bill Cowher, he's a good coach, an honest, hard-nosed guy.

"It's an easy team to appreciate."

Donovan, who skated for the Pens for parts of two seasons, likened the love for the Steelers in that city to the support given the Flames in Calgary.

"The people there are so fired up about the Steelers and there are a lot of nice people there, so I jumped on the bandwagon," he said. "It's the same thing. They're hard-working people, passionate about their team.

"They've got a lot Penguins fans, too, but the Steelers are at a different level."


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