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.READ MORE: Man Arrested, Charged With Cold-Case Murder Of His Half-Sister In New Bedford
“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.READ MORE: As COVID Cases Rise In Massachusetts, Hospitalizations And Deaths Are Down from Last Year
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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.MORE NEWS: Boston Pops Return To Symphony Hall With In-Person Holiday Concerts
The NHL already announced the cancellation of all preseason games on Wednesday, with more games expected to be axed in the near future.