Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Oiler Andrew Ference to Head Alberta Sports Development Agency

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Oiler Andrew Ference to Head Alberta Sports Development Agency

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Andrew Ference to head Alberta sports agency

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CALGARY - Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference is taking on a new role helping Alberta athletes.

Ference has been named chairman of Alberta Sport Connection, a provincial agency that promotes sport development from the grassroots to the elite level.

The announcement was made Thursday by Premier Rachel Notley.

Ference, 37, has not played for the Oilers this season due to a hip injury and has said he expects his pro career is finished.

He said he applied for the position because sports is about a lot more than athletic achievement.

"From a mental health and physical health perspective, from a community-building perspective, it is a way to make people's lives better, and that's what excites me most about this board," he said.

Notley also announced a new board of directors for the agency, including former Olympic bobsledder Helen Upperton. …

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