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Andrew Ference Visits BP Oil Spill

Andrew Ference (Getty Images)

It’s a sticky situation down in the Gulf of Mexico these days, literally. But who better to swoop down south and save the day than the Bruins’ resident green machine, tree-hugging defenseman Andrew Ference.

Where there’s a cause, there’s a Ference. Long an advocate for anything to do with the health of the environment, Andrew and his wife Krista joined a handful of other pro athletes Tuesday on a trip to New Orleans, to view the damage caused by the now infamous BP oil spill. Alongside the Ference family will be fellow puckhead Mike Richter, former NFL greats Mike Alstott and Ovie Mughelli, NASCAR’s Leilani Munter, and Olympians Stacey Cook, Loree Smith, and Gary Morgan.

The visit is being organized by The Sierra Club, the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the U.S. Richter, the long-time New York Rangers goalie, was the one who got Ference interested and involved in the group.

The trip was set to depart from Myrtle Grove Marina to view the damage first hand, with the group showing their support for the Gulf Coast area’s communities.

“We’re basically going to observe it, speak with media about it or about how we feel,” said Ference. “It’ll be media exposure but the bigger picture is what you do from here. It’s what we do for the rest of our lives and I hope to make stronger connections with like-minded people and be involved for making sure we keep the pressure on companies and keep the pressure on governments to make the right decisions when it comes to the environment.”

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