Ferguson was a Western boy, born in Vancouver and he played junior in the SJHL for the Melville Millionaires. He was in the IHL for one season (Fort Wayne Komets) and then three seasons with Cleveland before having his contract sold to the Canadiens.
There are thousands of stories about Ferguson, many of which you’ll probably hear in the next few days. He coached the NY Rangers (75-77) and then became coach and GM in Winnipeg (WHA) and later the NHL Jets. His book involves some great stories about both teams and some interesting players (specifically Les Binkley, a favorite of mine).
He scored a Cup winning goal (May 4, 1969).
He set a record when he got a fighting major 12 seconds into his NHL career.
He was also the first NHL player to receive a triple major (1967, Dec vs Det).
His son, John Ferguson Jr is currently the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.