Hockey has lost one of its most colourful characters.
John Ferguson died Saturday of prostate cancer. He was 68.
How will you remember him?
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John Ferguson passes on
As Jean Beliveau said; John Ferguson was one of the main reasons the Habs of the 1960's were one of the greatest (and most forgotten)dynasties in hockey history, 5 cups in 7 years.
John Hutchings, 2007-07-16 16:40:36
Hearing about your situation publicly @ the draft, I feel a need to write how I feel about a special man, one who has shown me unconditional love and respect since we first met. I've met a lot of great people throughout my career and consider myself fortunate. I really treasure the relationship we enjoyed over the years. My only regret is we never got to work together. My blessing is my son, Roby, got to work with you. You have always treated our family with unconditional respect and we are all grateful. I will always remember our conversations and the impact you had on Roby.
You certainly paid your dues in the game and have been an inspiration and loyal to so many others. We work our way through life and consider ourselves fortunate when we have the opportunity to meet and develop a relationship with special and unique human beings. John Ferguson possesses the old-fashioned value system found only in those old timers with a solid upbringing and you took the time to pass it on to others, including John Jr.
I am convinced your positive approach to everyday life has been passed on to your son and that will get you, him and all of your family through this tough time. The record shows that you performed and were successful in whatever you chose to do and your relationship with everyone in the game is evidence of the professionalism. You have always made me feel good when I was in your presence and I've never forgotten this. Our latest relationship, if only by email has been special. We have a relationship the late Vince Lombardi called LOVE!
The world of hockey has been the beneficiary because of your involvement. Your attitude, skills and swagger in your walk is time tested with me. You are a very special and unique individual; something we all strive for. I am fortunate to be part of a scouting fraternity with you. Your Curiosity, Compassion, Composure, Confidence, Courage, Charisma, Character and Class of a Champion who Competes in a Critical moment are well documented.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you, John!
"The scouting fraternity; a special group of guys I will always remember!"
Chuck Grillo, 2007-07-16 11:52:02