In comedy bit, Ference thanks hockey fans for telling him to shoot

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Andrew Ference has always been something of a renaissance man. When he's not patrolling the blueline for the Edmonton Oilers, he's a leader of the You Can Play movement, an advocate for environmental awareness and a vocal supporter of the LGBT community.

Turns out he's got a knack for comedy, too.

In a bit filmed for CBC's "The Irrelevant Show," Ference lets hockey fans know how much he appreciates their in-game advice.

"Thank you for telling me to shoot the puck," he says. "It really helps. Sometimes I get the puck right in front of the other team's net. Their goalie falls down, I'm all alone and the net is wide open, and I think, 'What do I do now?'"

Hey, the guys have a lot on their mind when they're on the ice...which Ference goes on to explain in a way that's guaranteed to make this video go viral in dressing rooms around the league.

Ference is out for the season after undergoing hip surgery, and there's some thought that this might be the end for the 36-year-old veteran. If that's the way it plays out, he left us with a heck of a parting gift.