John Ferguson (9.5.1938 – 7.14.2007),
Served as Team Canada 1972 Assistant Coach and Assistant
- Played as a RW with the Montreal Canadiens in
- Won 5 Stanley Cups in his 8 seasons in Montreal
- 303 PTS (145G+158A), 1,214 PIM in 500 regular
- 38 PTS (20G+18A), 260 PIM in 85 playoff games.
Coaching and Management Career:
- GM and coach for the NY Rangers in 1976-1978
- GM of the Winnipeg Jets (WHA) in 1978-1979
- Held various positions with the Jets until 1989
- Director of Player Personnel for the Ottawa Senators
- Senior Professional Scout for the San Jose Sharks
I've never seen John FERGUSON playing hockey.
Hockey experts consider him as one of the toughest competitors
of his time. In the legendary Montreal Canadiens of the
1960s, he played the role of "enforcer". By many accounts,
he was the top muscle man in the professional hockey of
In 1971, he ended his player's career in the NHL. Although,
he was initially invited to play in the 1972 Summit Series,
he later accepted Harry Sinden's
offer to serve as Team Canada's assistant coach. Sinden
considered Ferguson as the best "equalizer" based on numerous
NHL battles between his Big Bad Bruins and the Canadiens.
Like in many other cases, Harry's intuiton and talent
to select the right people for the right job proved to
work again. Ferguson was an essential contributor to the
Team Canada's performance in 1972.
In Sinden's own words, "hockey games are often won
by the diggers". J.P
Goldsworthy were selected, as Sinden called it,
to do a "certain job" for the 1972
Team Canada. When the game plan required Team
Canada to play real tough, there couldn't be a better
advisor than Ferguson, one of the best NHL fighters of
his hockey era.
Ferguson's special chemistry with Sinden, team dedication
and ability to find common language with the top NHL players
invited to play for the Canadian squad were truly instrumental.
His career experience winning the Stanley Cups in Montreal
was also one of the vital factors in keeping Team Canada's
winning spirit in the Summit Series.