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Ference looking forward to playing ex-teammates

Andrew Ference says Thursday's game against the Bruins will be 'fun.' (Ian Kucerak, Edmonton Sun)

Andrew Ference says Thursday's game against the Bruins will be 'fun.' (Ian Kucerak, Edmonton Sun)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

EDMONTON - Andrew Ference didn’t literally circle the date on his calendar, but the Edmonton Oilers defenceman has been looking forward to this game for a while.

Ference is expected to be in the thick of things when the Oilers host the Boston Bruins Thursday at Rexall Place. Ference won a Stanley Cup and went to another final with the Bruins before signing as a free agent with the Oilers this summer.

“It’ll be good, it’s a good test for us as a team,” Ference said. “Individually, it’s exciting. It’s obviously a little weird playing against guys that you’ve played with so long, but in the same token, I think that I’ve been around long enough that you go to battle and learn how to fight, probably even harder against your buddies than you would against guys you don’t know, just to one up each other.

“It’ll be a good night (Thursday), there’ll be a lot of good battles and it’ll be a lot of fun.”

Ference, 34, spent the better part of seven seasons with the Bruins.


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