We are very excited to announce a new member of The Good Men Project community: NHL star, Eco-Warrior, and awesome dad, Andrew Ference.
Ference epitomizes the complex multi-dimensionality of men that The Good Men Project seeks to portray. Andrew defies stereotypes even as a hockey player. He’s a Stanley Cup champion but also a vocal environmental activist. He’s married to a former professional snowboarder and is the father of two girls. He rides his bike to “work” and doesn’t mind being called a tree hugger. A series for The National Geographic Channel, Beyond the Puck, describes him as “just as comfortable checking opponents on the ice as he is teaching kids about composting in elementary schools.”
The Good Men Project founder Tom Matlack says, “Andrew Ference is a fascinating man in that he is a warrior on the ice and off the ice he’s a father, husband, and environmentalist of deep commitment and contemplation. The best part of founding the Good Men Project is that I get to meet men who are just flat out cool. And Andrew is one of them. He inspires me to be a better man. Which is exactly the point.”
Ference adds, “I am proud to contribute my two cents towards The Good Men Project. While it is an indefinable thing to pin exactly what a good man is I believe this site/blog strips away some of the machoism that pervades “guy” culture and gets beneath the surface of what it means to be a man. I am honored to be included with some insanely funny and deep thinking writers.”
Read Andrew’s first post for The Good Men Project, Things I Have Learned #1