Ference one influential D-man

Updated: February 21, 2013, 5:16 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPN.com

Tweets sent at 5 a.m. are rarely a good idea, but Andrew Ference's late-night message might go down as the most celebrated in NHL history. After being holed up for hours inside a conference room inside the Sofitel Hotel on Jan. 6, the 33-year-old Bruins defenseman signaled the end to the 113-day lockout with a thumbs-up symbol that indicated the NHL and NHLPA had finally reached an agreement. Ference, an involved union participant during labor talks, tells ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang about ...

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