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NHL fines Andrew Ference $2,500 for middle finger

Apr 22, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

Andrew Ference, Andrew Peters AP

As expected, the NHL decided to fine Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference $2,500 for giving the Bell Centre crowd the finger after he scored a second period goal last night. This ruling falls under Rule 75.5 (ii), which calls for a maximum fine of $2,500 for an obscene on-ice gesture.

Ference won’t face a suspension, however, making his obscene gesture far less damaging than James Wisniewsk’s two-game suspension for a lewd gesture toward Sean Avery.

Believe it or not, Ference claims that he did it on accident, according to Joe Haggerty. Using the kind of excuse you would expect to hear from a grade school student who got caught flipping the bird, Ference said his finger got stuck in his hockey glove.

Seriously, he really committed to that story.

“It looks awful; I just saw it,” said Ference follwing the game. “I can assure you that’s not part of my repertoire. I think my glove got caught up. I can assure you that’s not part of who I am or what I ever have been. It looks awful. I admit it and I completely apologize to how it looks. I was putting my fist in the air. I’m sorry. It does look awful. I don’t know what else to say.”

Ference was pressed several times about the middle-finger gesture, but never wavered from the main story he’s telling the commissioner’s office.

“Honestly, I have no idea [how it happened],” he said. “It looks really bad. All I can do is tell you the truth, and [my finger getting stuck in my glove is] the truth.

Well, OK then. Somehow the league didn’t buy his story, but there really isn’t much harm done being that he won’t miss a game. Ference made $2,250,000 this season (players aren’t paid during the playoffs), so he should be able to recover at the bank unless his financial planning is as haphazard as his excuses.

  1. jpelle82 - Apr 22, 2011 at 11:54 AM


  2. meeshka71 - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Thats awesome! My guess is that Ference enjoyed sticking to this story almost as much as he did sticking it to the Bell Center. I enjoyed both!

  3. iaintafrate - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    If the glove sticks you must aquit….Maybe Ference saw someone in the stands littering and took it upon himself to defend his tree-hugging ways?

  4. gallyhatch - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    The NHL really needs to take a stand against this kind of behavior, if the league won’t do something about it then maybe the Montreal police will, call the Mounties!!!

    Whiny little crybaby Habs fans, how could anyone respect them? Ference was just showing the Canadiens and their fans how the rest of the world feels about them.

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