Bruins’ Ference Heading Overseas During Lockout

BOSTON (CBS) – Like many of his fellow locked out players, Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is heading overseas.

With the NHL in a lock out, Ference will play for the HC Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Extraliga, the defenseman announced over Twitter.

“Going back to my old team, Ceske Budejovice, on Oct 7 barring any CBA,” Ference Tweeted on Wednesday. “I’ll buy any Bostonian a Budvar [Budweiser] if I see you there.”

Ference will begin playing for Budejovice on October 7 if NHL owners and players do not come to an agreement on a new CBA.  He also played in the Extraliga during the 2004-05 season, which was lost due to a lockout, recording 20 points over 31 games.

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Ference is expected to have an “out clause” in his contract, allowing him to return to the Bruins if  the NHL and NHLPA reach an agreement mid-season.

Bruins forward David Krejci is also set to play in the Extraliga. He will reportedly head overseason this coming weekend to join HC Pardubice.

The NHL already announced the cancellation of all preseason games on Wednesday, with more games expected to be axed in the near future.

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