John Ferguson is entering his fourth season as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ferguson became the 12th person in team history to hold the role when he was introduced August 29, 2003.
Since Ferguson joined the Maple Leafs, Toronto has earned a combined winning record of 86 wins, 57 losses, 10 ties, 4 overtime losses and 7 shootout losses, for a .588 winning percentage. During Ferguson’s tenure the Maple Leafs have established franchise records for points (103), wins (45-tie), home wins (26) and road wins (23) in a season.
Ferguson had a productive off-season by making many key acquisitions including the hiring of Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice, obtaining 2003-04 rookie of the year goaltender Andrew Raycroft in a draft day trade from Boston, and the signing of proven free agents Michael Peca, Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill.
Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Ferguson, 39, was vice-president and director of hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues. Before being promoted to that position on February 26, 2001, he spent five seasons as the assistant general manager for the hockey club. In his role he was instrumental in managing all facets of the Blues hockey operation. He evaluated players at the professional and amateur level and negotiated player contracts. Ferguson was also the president and general manager of the Worcester IceCats and was instrumental in the negotiation and acquisition of the Blues top minor league affiliate. He is a former chairman of the American Hockey League’s Competition Committee and also served on the league’s Legal Affairs Committee.
Before joining the Blues, Ferguson was a player agent responsible for negotiating player contracts, product endorsements and player recruitment. From 1993 to 1996 he was a member of the Ottawa Senators scouting staff as an amateur and professional scout. During that time he also spent the summers of 1994 and 1995 at the National Hockey League office in the hockey operations and legal departments. Following his professional hockey career, he graduated Cum Laude with the degree of juris doctor from the Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar in 1996.
Ferguson played four professional seasons at the American Hockey League level with the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators organizations. He was an assistant captain of the 1992 Fredericton Canadiens that won the AHL regular season championship. Ferguson was named the team’s “unsung hero” in consecutive years (1991, 1992). He played his college hockey at Providence College where he served as an assistant captain, was an Academic All-American and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration in 1989.
The native of Montreal, Quebec is the son of John Ferguson, Sr. who was a member of five Stanley cup championship teams with Montreal and later served as general manager for the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets. He is currently working for the San Jose Sharks organization.
John and his wife Stephanie have three children (Emily, John and Grace) and reside in Toronto, Ontario.