Ference checks in

Andrew Ference had time for a few minutes on the phone today, calling in from his offseason home in British Columbia.

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Andrew Ference engages Sidney Crosby in his first NHL fight. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

“I like the summertime,” Ference said. “Working out, you get to remember what feeling healthy is all about, feeling 100 percent and strong. That’s always nice. When you’re at the gym, there are no aches and pains. You can lift all the weight you want. You can do all the running or biking or skating without having to baby any part of your body. That’s always a nice feeling at this time of summer.”

Ference said his knee is fully healthy. He is not wearing a brace when he skates and reported no pain.

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Ference has been splitting time between rinks in Vernon and Kelowna. Ference has worked out with Chuck Kobasew and Milan Lucic this summer. He said Kobasew has recovered from his broken tibia and is ready to go.

“He’s Chuck,” said Ference. “He’s keeping himself wound up and getting excited for the season. He’s raring to go. It was tough on him to miss the playoffs. He’s chomping at the bit to get that going.”

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