John Ferguson Loses Battle With Cancer
John Ferguson Sr., the NHL and Montreal Canadiens legend, has passed away, losing his last fight, one with prostate cancer.
His son, current Maple Leafs General Manager John Ferguson Jr. said, “My father battled cancer with the same spirit in which he played the game of hockey.”
I have absolutely no doubt he did.
Known as the NHL’s first enforcer, Legends of Hockey quotes Ferguson, saying he wanted to be “the meanest, rottenest, most miserable cuss ever to play in the NHL.”
Ferguson built that reputation while earning 145 goals, 303 points and 1214 PIMs in 500 games for the Habs. He was part of five Stanley Cup champion teams.
The NHL and NHLPA founded Hockey Fights Cancer in 1998 to help raise money for cancer organizations.
Ferguson vs Douglas 1965
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