Boston Bruins’ defenseman Andrew Ference is an interesting guy. So interesting, it seems, that National Geographic is going to feature him in a 10-part web series called “Beyond the Puck.”

You may not know this, but when Ference isn’t hammering guys into the glass, exchanging punches or winning the Stanley Cup, he’s very serious about the environment. Serious enough that environmentalist David Suzuki referred to him as an “eco-warrior.”

From National Geographic:

[H]e is not your typical hockey player.  Andrew’s an environmental activist, a Stanley Cup champion, the husband of a former professional snowboarder, and father of two girls. He rides his bike to “work” and doesn’t mind being called a tree hugger — he’s just as comfortable checking opponents on the ice as he is teaching kids about composting in elementary schools.

Inspired by his friend, environmentalist David Suzuki, Andrew has embraced an eco-friendly way of life at home and on the road. He’s achieved the ultimate victory in hockey — winning the Stanley Cup — and is ready take on the challenge of inspiring others to care about the planet.

I did not see that coming.

Take a look at the trailer for the show, then feel free to hop over to National Geographic to catch the first episode, which premieres today. (Ed. note: the video plays automatically, so if you’re at work, be sure to act like Tony Reali and get your mute on.)

(Stick-tap to Reddit Hockey‘s kmad)

Comments (4)

  1. Thanks for the reminder! :sets DVR:

    That’s our Andrew. Protects his teammates AND the planet. :-)

  2. Oh dang, it’s a web series? No Andrew on my 52-inch HD? Sigh.

  3. As a Canucks fan, I have not always loved Andrew Ference’s play on the ice. Despite this, there are few hockey players that I respect more as a human being. It is great to see how committed he is to his family and to the environment. I look forward to watching the rest of the series. It is also interesting that two of the most outspoken players in the league on social issues (Ference and Thomas) are on the same team (not to mention on the exact opposite ends of the spectrum).

  4. I think Ference is one of the best guys in the league, and I’m a Canuck die-hard. This is what makes NHL players so easy to be a fan of; their humility and desire to give back to their community (in Andrew’s case, global community) seems real, not something that is simply mandated by the league or their team.

    I’m sure that in many/most cases players are introduced to the act of ‘giving back’ through team/league organized events like hospital visits for sick kids, etc…, but those introductions can often lead to a real and lasting connection between the players and the community. As a Canuck fan I can speak to the Sedin twins recently donating $1.5 million to a local hospital, or Trevor Linden’s longtime work with the Canuck Place hospice for terminally ill or severely challenged kids.

    The great thing is, any fan in this league could probably speak the same way about a player or players on their own team. Maybe it’s because the game has its roots in a small town, and that translates even to the pro level, or maybe I just love the game and respect the players too much to look at it objectively. I guess it’s because there are athletes being paid more than NHL players in other leagues in North America that can’t seem to think about the consequences of their actions 5 minutes into the future, while Ference and others think 5 and 50 years down the road. Good stuff Andrew.

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