San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke announced today that the team has made several additions to their scouting staff. Joining the Sharks are John Ferguson, Jr., Dirk Graham, Shin Larsson and Jason Rowe.
For Ferguson it is almost a coming home of sorts as his father, John Ferguson, Sr., worked 11 years with the Sharks.
“To me it is a great opportunity,” said Ferguson. “(My dad’s) experiences with the organization were great. The organization has known continued success and the goals are realistic and high.”
Ferguson will base out of his Toronto home and cover a lot of the pro game.
“A lot (of my role) is still being determined,” said Ferguson, who will be the Director of Pro Scouting. “It will be primarily pros, but there is always overlap. Whatever Doug needs.”
Most recently, Ferguson spent four-plus seasons as vice president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. During his tenure, the Leafs set single-season franchise records for most points (103, 2003-04), wins (45-tied, 2003-04), home wins (26, 2005-06) and most road wins (23, 2003-04). He also served on the management team, along with Steve Yzerman, for Team Canada for their gold-medal winning campaign at the 2007 World Championships, the youngest-ever squad to win a World Championship.
Ferguson was actually one of the three finalists for the Sharks job when Wilson was tabbed for the club’s top hockey position.
“That process impressed me,” said Ferguson.
Previously, Ferguson spent seven seasons with the St. Louis Blues organization, the first five as assistant general manager before being promoted to vice president and director of hockey operations in Feb. 2001. The Montreal, Quebec is the son of the late NHL great John Ferguson, who spent 11 seasons with the San Jose Sharks organization.
“He knows our organization and knows us well,” said Wilson.
Former Selke Trophy winner Dirk Graham joins San Jose as a scout. Graham served as professional scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2006-08. The two seasons prior, he was the head coach of the Springfield Falcons in the American Hockey League. Graham also served as head coach for the Chicago Blackhawks for a portion of the 1998-99 season and served as an assistant coach in 1995-96 and a scout in 1997-98 with Chicago.
As a player, Graham played 12 seasons and 772 NHL games, primarily with Chicago but he began his career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1983-84. He scored at least 20 goals four times, helped Chicago reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1992 and served as the team's captain from 1989 to 1995. He was an inspirational leader on and off the ice and was an exemplary worker on both specialty teams, earning the Selke Trophy in 1991.
LARSSON AND ROWE
Also joining the organization as scouts are Shin Larsson and Jason Rowe.
Larsson, who will be based in Sweden, previously worked in the scouting department for the Atlanta Thrashers and played hockey professionally in Sweden and Japan. He represented Japan at several international tournaments including the 1988 Olympic games, where he posted five points (two goals, three assists) in four games.
Rowe worked in a part-time role with the Carolina Hurricanes organization in 2007-08. His main responsibility will be to scout the northeastern part of the American Hockey League. He is the son of Tom Rowe, current assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes who also is a seven-year NHL veteran and former head coach of both the Lowell Lock Monsters and Albany River Rats.
NOT REALLY A JR
While he will almost always be referred to as “Fergie Jr.” in hockey circles, Ferguson is not officially a junior. His dad and grandfather were both John Ferguson, but all three have different middle names, as does “Fergie Jr.’s” son, the fourth John Ferguson in the family.
During the Sunday scrimmage, Team A won 3-1 behind goals from Matt Fornataro, Patrick Marleau
and Cory Larose, with Marleau netting the game-winner. Alexei Semenov scored a late goal for Team C.
Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell
hurt himself near the boards early in the scrimmage and had to be helped off the ice. He did not return.