MONTREAL - One of the most feared players in the history of the NHL, former Canadiens tough guy John Ferguson passed away Saturday at the age of 68 after a two-year battle with prostate cancer.
Throughout his eight-year career with the Canadiens (1963-1971), Ferguson's tenacity and intensity on the ice earned him respect from both teammates and opponnents alike. In 500 games with the Habs, "Fergy" scored 145 goals and earned 158 assists to go along with his 1,214 penalty minutes.
Never one to back down from any challenge, Ferguson's robust style played a key role in the Canadiens' five Stanley Cup triumphs between 1965 and 1971, an era that would mark Montreal's return to among the league's elite. Ferguson scored the Cup-winning goal in 1969.
He is survived by his wife Joan, his son John Jr., and his daughters Chris and Joanne.