Flames sign defenceman Brad Ference

Adding another defenceman to push for the 7th spot, Darryl Sutter announced the signing of defenceman Brad Ference. The deal is believed to be just under the 1 million dollar point and possibly a two way contract.

Ference split the 2005-06 season between San Antonio and Albany of the American Hockey League scoring 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists) and 135 penalty minutes with the two clubs. In 245 NHL career games with the Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes the Calgary native has collected 34 points (4 goals, 30 assists) and 563 penalty minutes.

The 6’3” 218 lbs and has represented Canada twice at the World Junior Championships (1998 and 1999-Silver Medal). Ference was drafted in the first round, 10th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 Entry Draft. He is best remembered as the player who pissed off Mario Lemieux enough to get him to drop the gloves. Yet another Western Canadian (Calgary for that matter) on the team. Welcome!