Andrew Ference backs union's stance

Bruins veteran supports Donald Fehr's leadership, ready to get back to hockey

Updated: January 7, 2013, 11:27 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is convinced that if former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly still had been in charge, the players' association would not be benefiting the way it is under current boss Donald Fehr.

Ference, a strong supporter of the union and a member of its executive board, made it clear Monday that he thinks this season's lockout would have been a lot shorter if Kelly had been calling the shots.

"We'd be playing," Ference said. ...

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