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Share your memories of John Ferguson
Sun, July 15, 2007

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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Ferguson wasn't the policeman he was CHIEF of police.As a Montreal fan I loved him and he lost very few fights ( many times pulling the sweater over the other players head.)He protected his wingers.And score key goals in Stanley Cup victories.Hated by most teams and fans because he could fight and score.
Phil, 2007-07-16 08:44:56

Marnie, there were two HUGE differences between John Ferguson and Tie Domi. Fergie could score, and that much was evident by the coaches putting him on a line with Beliveau. Also, in his 8 seasons with the Habs, he was part of 5 Stanley Cup wins. That's 5 more than Domi could ever dream of winning in his days with the Leafs. Oh, and one more thing. Domi would never have had a chance in a one-to-ne scrap with Fergie. He was the complete package.
George O'Leary, 2007-07-15 18:52:52

I had the privelege of meeting John while helping at his annual golf Charity in Windsor the past two years. I was impressed at the quality and number of players who were always around to support John in his battle with cancer.

Grant
Grant, 2007-07-15 16:28:33

I remember John so well playing for Montreal. What I do remember is John never picked on the weaker opposition. He would square off with Eddie Shack, big Teddy Green and all the tough guys. I can never remember him losing a fight. Let's remember also, he scored some fine goals for the Habs and also made this 6 team league. He had to be tough and you had to be good at hockey also. I clearly remember John giving Bobby Hull with his broken wired jaw so many chances during a game in Montreal during the playoffs. Bobby clearly wanted trouble that night and for the life of me I don't know why. After the 2nd skateaway from rubbing Bobby out, John had enough. He rebroke Bobby's jaw and sent him off once agin to the hospital. Felt bad for Bobby since he was clearly one of my heroes. John did give him many chances. Remember that Bobby??? I have many great memories of John and the great Canadians in their hayday. Today the Habs are simply a shadow of the past. I feel bad for Guy Carbonneau. Things change..
Keith, 2007-07-15 14:18:45

It isn't nice to speak ill of the dead, but, living in Montreal thru his playing years, I though he was the biggest jerk on the ice. He was the Ti Domi of his time. Always hated the man. Never was a Hab fan because of him.
Marnie, 2007-07-15 12:07:11

As #22, a tough guy who played to win. I once named my dog after him. I met him one night in the clubhouse at old Greenwood Raceway. I told him about my dog, chatted about horses, and shared a few laughs. His horse won a race, we all made money and had a few cheers.

He was a great guy and will be missed by all hockey fans. My condolences to family.

Bob Tutton


bobtutton, 2007-07-15 11:20:09

I am 57 yrs young and have been and still am involved with organized hockey and a great fan of the game . I lived in Toronto as a youth and saw many great games between the Leafs & Canadians in which John played, and saw his career blossom into a great player , coach and GM. He was first a great person having met him twice. John played with skill, intensity and never backed down from a challenge, a great asset to Montreal's success in that era.

Take care John you leave us too soon we will miss you and surely the game of hockey will miss you.

Respectfully

Mike
Mike, 2007-07-15 10:45:50

I never had the pleasure of watching Mr.Ferguson play but I have heard he was one of the toughest guys in his era. He would have been one of my faves as I like the rugged players.

My condolences to the Ferguson family.
Jimmy, 2007-07-15 09:33:25

I shook hands with John Ferguson in 1963. I was and am a huge Leaf fan and Eddie Shack was my hero. However, I have the highest respect for John Ferguson as there has never been a more loyal competitor in sports (period). This gentleman epitomizes team loyalty as opposed to the greed mentality that pervades sports today! John Ferguson showed up to play each and every night and never took an easy shift. He will be missed as he truly is a hockey legend. God bless his family and friends.
Lorne, 2007-07-15 09:28:42

"The Policeman" was what my hockey card named him if my memory serves me well. A great hockey player of the good ole days as well as a lacrosse player & horseman. What a guy!
Ken Daly, 2007-07-15 09:27:39

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