Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Ferguson
Bruising left-winger John Ferguson earned quite a reputation in an NHL career that spanned just eight seasons. From the moment he suited up for the Montreal Canadiens Ferguson vowed to be "the meanest, rottenest, most miserable cuss ever to play in the NHL." The Canadiens had recruited the fierce forward because they felt the team lacked toughness, and John Ferguson delivered in spades.

Though he played a solid physical game and was more then willing to drop his gloves and engage in the pugilistic side of the game, there was a lot more to Ferguson then just brawn. He scored 15 or more goals in four of his first five seasons then turned many heads by firing home 29 goals during the 1968-69 season. His personal success was over-shadowed by the team's success. Before Ferguson had been brough a board the three years had passed since the Canadiens ended their five-in-a-row Stanley Cup run that closed out the 1950's without the team winning again. With Ferguson providing the missing ingredient of toughness the team returned to glory and captured five Cups during his eight year career with them, including on in 1971, when he played his last game.

When Ferguson retired he stayed involved with the game and added another impressive accomplishment to his list when he accepted the post of assistant coach with Team Canada for the 1972 Summit Series. Ferguson aided Harry Sinden behind the bench for what many regard as the greatest hockey series ever. From there he moved to the New York Rangers front office and served as the team's General Manager for two years. He then took the same job with the World Hockey Assocation's Winnipeg Jets and helped guide them to an Avco Cup Championship. When the Jets joined the NHL in 1979, Ferguson stayed on and served as the team's GM for the next ten years. Since leaving the Jets Ferguson has been a part of the Ottawa Senators front office and served as a scout for the San Jose Sharks as well.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1956-57 Melville Millionaires SJHL 51 11 17 28 49
1957-58 Melville Millionaires SJHL 50 14 30 44 100
1958-59 Melville Millionaires SJHL 44 32 34 66 83
1959-60 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 68 32 33 65 126 13 1 1 2 17
1960-61 Cleveland Barons AHL 62 13 21 34 126
1961-62 Cleveland Barons AHL 70 20 21 41 146 6 2 2 4 6
1962-63 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 38 40 78 179 7 3 3 6 17
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 18 27 45 125 7 0 1 1 25
1964-65 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 17 27 44 156 13 3 1 4 28
1965-66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 11 14 25 153 10 2 0 2 44
1966-67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 20 22 42 177 10 4 2 6 22
1967-68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 15 18 33 117 +18 13 3 5 8 25
1968-69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 29 23 52 185 +30 14 4 3 7 80
1969-70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 19 13 32 139 +11
1970-71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 16 14 30 162 +2 18 4 6 10 36
NHL Totals 500 145 158 303 1214 85 20 18 38 260


AHL First All-Star Team (1963) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1965, 1967) Traded to Montreal by Cleveland (AHL) for cash, June, 1963.
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