Andrew Ference Maverick Watch

The NHL defenceman who addressed the NDP convention last year criticizes a teammate’s hit and is duly chastized like a dissenting backbencher.

“You stand by what you say. I’m not here to BS anyone or to get ratings,” said Ference. “We have an issue with the league with headshots, with those kinds of hits, and there’s a big push, not only by us but by the NFL, to look out for the safety of players, and getting rid of those hits is one of those things. Getting rid of it is getting rid of it.”

Meanwhile, NDP MP Glenn Thibeault tabled legislation today to deal with concussions at the amateur and youth levels.