Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference  underwent successful surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and perform an adductor release at Mass General Hospital on Wednesday, according to a release from the Boston Bruins . Ference missed all but three games of the playoffs due to the abdominal/groin injuries, and was one of several key injuries along the blueline for the B’s during the postseason. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has pointed to the injuries of Ference and fellow D-man Matt Hunwick as having a significant effect on the B’s ability to break out of their own zone during the playoffs.
Ference is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the 2009-10 season after putting up 16 points in 47 games last season following a broken leg and hernia/groin issues. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Berger and Dr. Peter Asnis at Mass General Hospital and will force Ference to miss approximately four to six weeks of his normal offseason training time.