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Oilers' Andrew Ference back in old stomping grounds

Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference (left) and Canucks forward Tom Sestito (right) fight for the puck...

Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference (left) and Canucks forward Tom Sestito (right) fight for the puck during NHL action in Edmonton on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

BOSTON - Andrew Ference is not certain if there will be a video tribute to him Saturday afternoon when the Edmonton Oilers face the Boston Bruins.

He’ll settle for a few friendly taps on the shin pads.

The former Bruins defenceman will be playing his first game at the TD Gardens since signing with Oilers as a free agent this summer. With the team coming in a couple of days early for the contest, it’s been a good homecoming for Ference so far.

“For me, it’s been nice, it’s obviously a place where I spent a lot of time,” Ference said following practice Friday. “My family grew up here, so the kids came back for this trip. They actually both went back to their old schools (Friday) with all their old buddies, so it’s pretty cool. They have a lot of roots here.”

Ference has been cleared to play after sitting out the previous three games with concussion-like symptoms.


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