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Andrew Ference could face $2,500 fine for middle finger on Bell Centre crowd

Apr 21, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

Andrew Ference, Patrice Bergeron AP

If there was one obvious talking point going into the Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins series, it’s that both sides legitimately don’t like each other. Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference isn’t the type of person to keep his thoughts to himself, so maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that Ference gave Montreal fans the finger after scoring a second period goal in tonight’s Game 4 win.

Ference could face a fine for as much as $2,500 for flipping the bird, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. (This video might be NSFW as it contains an obscene gesture, so be warned, but if you want to see it click here.)

There are a few other moments that come to mind when discussing this situation. The most recent example comes in the NBA, when Kobe Bryant received a massive $100K fine for a homophobic comment made toward a ref. The first NHL example that comes to mind is James Wisniewski’s two-game suspension for a gesture made toward Sean Avery.

Ference’s outburst isn’t as serious as those two offenses, in my opinion, but the league would be wise to discipline him in some way. We’ll let you know what ends up happening.

  1. ballistictrajectory - Apr 22, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Thank you Andrew Ference! Send your dollar donation to:

    Andrew Ference
    c/o TD Garden
    100 Legends Way
    Boston, MA 02114

  2. bruinsrule - Apr 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Wheter he intended it or not, consider it a response (from me) to the fans booing the US National Anthem. Hey, they don’t like Chara and they boo him like little school girls every time he touches the puck – so be it, that’s what home ice is all about. When they boo our National Anthem, well that just shows the complete lack of class of Habs fans. I wonder how many 911 calls went out last night because their feelings were hurt.

  3. crusty14 - Apr 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    I too am a bruins fan, and from Canada . Please don’t think all canadians are as disrespectful as those habfan sobs .the majority of us would never boo another countrys anthem.

    • ballistictrajectory - Apr 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM


      I don’t believe anyone thinks Canadians are disrespectful, just Montreal Canadiens fans. Their actions over the decades have proven them to be void of conscience. When the PA announcer has to remind them that half their team is American so they won’t boo the anthem; they clearly have a problem.

      That’s ok. I’ve hated the Montreal Canadiens for as long as I can remember being involved in hockey (1970, anyone)… That bunch of loonies they have up there now hasn’t earned anyone’s respect, for anything.

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