By The Canadian Press

Government of Alberta

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference is taking on a new role helping Alberta athletes.

Ference has been named chairman of Alberta Sport Connection, a provincial agency that promotes sport development from the grassroots to the elite level.

Premier Rachel Notley made the announcement at an event in Calgary.

Notley also announced a new board of directors for the agency, including former Olympic bobsledder Helen Upperton.

Upperton currently works with the Canada Olympic Committee.

Ference, who is 37, has not played for the NHL Oilers this season due to a hip injury and has said he expects his pro career is finished.

Alberta Sport Connection Board

Chair – Andrew Ference (Edmonton)

Ference was a professional hockey player for 17 years and has been involved in a number of grassroots fitness programs in Boston, and Edmonton where he founded and currently leads November Project. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance.

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