Richard Peddie, president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., announced Friday that John Ferguson has been named the Toronto Maple Leafs new general manager. He becomes the 12th person to hold the role in the seventy-six year history of the Maple Leafs' franchise and he ranks as the youngest current general manager in the National Hockey League. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
| Ferguson stated he was honoured to have "the best job in hockey".
The 36-year-old Ferguson has served as vice-president and director of hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues since February 26, 2001, and was involved in all facets of the Blues' hockey operation. He evaluated players at the professional and amateur level and he also negotiated player contracts. Prior to that he spent five seasons as assistant general manager with the club.
Ferguson takes over the role of Leafs General Manager from Pat Quinn, who has served as both head coach and general manager the past four seasons. Quinn will now focus exclusively on coaching the Leafs into his sixth campaign beginning this Fall. During Quinn's tenure as general manager the Leafs posted a .591 points percentage, the best mark in franchise history. Toronto has been among the NHL's most successful franchises on the ice during the Quinn era.
Ferguson was also the president and general manager of the Worcester IceCats and played an integral role 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 earned his law degree 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 and graduated 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.