John Ferguson Sr.
John Bowie "Fergy" Ferguson Sr. was a professional ice hockey player and executive. Ferguson played as a left-winger for the Montreal Canadiens from 1963 to 1971. After retiring from active play, he became a coach, a general manager, he is the father of John Ferguson Jr.. Ferguson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 5, 1938, his father died when he was 9, he was raised by his mother near the Pacific National Exhibition grounds. Ferguson hung around Hastings Park as a child. Aside from his interest in horses and hockey, he played lacrosse. Ferguson's hockey career began as a stickboy for the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League, he became interested in the role of enforcer when he saw the more talented Canucks players get hit without having their teammates attempt to respond or dissuade their opponents. Ferguson played his junior hockey in Western Canada, with the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in 1956–57, 1958–59. In 1959–60, he was playing professionally with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League.
In 1960, he moved to the Cleveland Barons. In 1963–64, he was promoted to the Canadiens as an "enforcer" to protect captain Jean Beliveau from aggressive defenders—merely twelve seconds into his first NHL game, he was in a fight with Ted Green of the Boston Bruins, it was said that his unexpected retirement in 1971 caused problems for the Canadiens, who started getting roughed up by other teams. Rumours persisted. Ferguson was a potential offensive threat. Playing on a line with Beliveau, Ferguson led all NHL rookies in scoring in his first season and finished as runner-up for Calder Trophy in 1963–64; the 5-foot-11, 190-pound left-winger scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1969, during a season that saw him score a career-high 29 goals with a plus-30 rating. In 85 post-season games, he added 18 assists, he earned two selections to the NHL All-Star Game. During his playing career, he won the Stanley Cup five times: in the years 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, always earned more than 100 penalty minutes in a regular season.
Ferguson was coach for the Sorel Titans, one of six semi-professional Quebec Lacrosse League clubs that played in the 1960s. In supporting the league, Ferguson told the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper: "I hope both ends of the country can bring the game out of the bushes and bring back an interest. Lacrosse needs expansion." In 1972, he became the assistant coach of Team Canada who defeated the Soviet team in the Summit Series. Ferguson gained some notoriety because he asked Bobby Clarke to take out Soviet star Valeri Kharlamov with a slash to the latter's ankle. Ferguson justified his orders saying "that guy is killing us.". In the years to follow, he became the head coach and general manager of the New York Rangers, he stopped coaching in 1977, was fired as general manager in 1978, at which time he became the General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association and, starting in 1979, the National Hockey League. He had lured Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson away from the Winnipeg Jets in 1978 to the New York Rangers.
Both were considered to be the Jets' best players, among the best in the WHA as a whole. He worked for the Ottawa Senators in the early 1990s as director of player personnel, he is credited with finding Daniel Alfredsson for the Senators. He was a Special Consultant to the General Manager of the San Jose Sharks. Ferguson lived in Windsor, Ontario in his years to be close to horses, he served as GM for the Windsor Raceway in 1988. In September 2005, Ferguson was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he died on July 14, 2007. Ferguson was survived by his wife Joan and children John Jr. Catherine and Joanne. Notable families in the NHL Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database "Tough exterior, soft heart"
Terence Joseph James O'Reilly is a retired ice hockey right winger, who played for the NHL's Boston Bruins, one of the most effective enforcers in NHL history. O'Reilly was born in Ontario. O'Reilly was picked by the Boston Bruins in the first round as the 14th pick overall in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. O'Reilly spent his entire career in Boston, serving as the captain of the Bruins during the 1983–84 and 1984–85 seasons before his retirement; the Bruins retired his No. 24 on October 24, 2002. O'Reilly was known for being a tough player, racking up over 200 penalty minutes in five consecutive seasons, earning for himself the nickname "Bloody O'Reilly" in the press, his teammate, Phil Esposito, dubbed O'Reilly "Taz" in reference to the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character for O'Reilly's reckless, hard driving style of play. He was protective of his teammates; when the Bruins retired O'Reilly's No. 24, Ray Bourque noted that O'Reilly's banner "hangs next to mine, protecting me again."On top of his physical presence, he had a decent scoring touch, highlighted by his 29-goal, 90-point season in 1977–78.
He added to that with a 77-point effort the following campaign. He had 211 and 205 minutes in penalties in those seasons displaying an excellent balance of grit and scoring, he finished his 13-year career with 204 goals, 402 assists for 606 points, a +212 plus/minus and 2,095 minutes in penalties. In the infamous December 23, 1979, incident at Madison Square Garden, during a post-game scrum, a New York Rangers fan rolled up a program and smacked Stan Jonathan in the face drawing blood, stole his stick and wielded it like a weapon. O'Reilly charged into the stands, his teammates followed. O'Reilly was suspended eight games for his part in the brawl, he became the replacement head coach of the Bruins during the 1986–87 NHL season and kept his job until 1989, when he left to care for, spend more time with, his son, ill with liver disease. In that time, he took the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals in 1988, where they were defeated by the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. O'Reilly was an assistant coach for the Rangers for the two seasons prior to the lockout.
In the Adam Sandler movie Happy Gilmore, O'Reilly is mentioned as Happy Gilmore's favorite hockey player growing up because of his tough style. O'Reilly has stated his favorite player who played for the Bruins is Milan Lucic born on June 7. List of NHL players with 2000 career penalty minutes Article about number retirement and achievements at bostonbruins.com Terry O'Reilly career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
Kenneth Raymond Hodge, Sr. is a retired hockey player who played in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom, but grew up in Toronto, Ontario. One of the few British-born players in NHL history, Ken Hodge was signed by the Black Hawks as a teenager, had a stellar junior league career with the St. Catharines Black Hawks of the Ontario Hockey Association, leading the league in goals and points in the 1965 season before being called up for good to Chicago the next year. Stereotyped as a grinding policeman — at 6'2", 215 lbs, Hodge was one of the larger forwards of his era — the rangy right wing played two mediocre seasons with the Black Hawks before being sent to Boston in a blockbuster deal with teammates Phil Esposito and Fred Stanfield; the trade made the Bruins into a powerhouse, as Esposito centred Hodge and left wing Ron Murphy in the 1968–69 season to break the NHL record for points in a season by a forward line, Hodge scored an impressive 45 goals and 45 assists to complement Esposito's record season of 126 points.
His production fell off the next season, but the 1970–71 season saw the Bruins launch the greatest offensive juggernaut the league had seen, breaking dozens of offensive records. In that flurry, on one of the most feared forward lines of the era, Hodge would break the league record for points in a season by a right winger with 105, finish fourth in NHL scoring. Bruins Esposito, Bobby Orr, Johnny Bucyk and Hodge finished 1–2–3–4 in league scoring, the first time in NHL history the season's top four scorers all played for one team; the 1971–72 season saw Hodge slowed down by injuries, although he recovered again in the playoffs to help the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup in three years. In 1973–74, he scored 50 goals and 105 points to place third in league scoring, with Esposito and Cashman finished 1–2–3–4 in league scoring for the only other time in NHL history the season's top four scorers all played for one team, his offensive production negatively impacted by Esposito's trade to the New York Rangers in early-November 1975, Hodge's remaining time with the Bruins was spent in head coach Don Cherry's doghouse.
Hodge was reunited with Esposito on May 26, 1976 when he was dealt to the Rangers who were hoping for a replication of their successes with the Bruins. The transaction cost the team Rick Middleton, ten years younger and a swifter skater than Hodge. Hodge had only modest success in New York in the 1976–77 season, tailed off badly the following year before being sent down to the New Haven Nighthawks of the American Hockey League. Hodge retired thereafter, but came out of retirement in 1979–80 to play for the Binghamton Dusters of the AHL, in his final professional season. Hodge finished his NHL career with 328 goals, 472 assists and 800 points, he still lives in the Boston area, remains active with the Bruins' alumni team and in alumni affairs. Most Hodge has been working as a broadcaster in Boston, he served as the radio colour commentator for the Boston College men's hockey team throughout their 2007–08 NCAA Championship season, working alongside play-by-play man Jon Rish on flagship station WTTT.
Hodge lived in Massachusetts during his career with the Bruins. Hodge's son, Ken Hodge, Jr. was a professional hockey player from 1987 to 1998. Another son, Dan Hodge, was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the ninth round in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, his playing career included stints in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League, as well as winning the 2000 Kelly Cup championship in the East Coast Hockey League with the Peoria Rivermen. He concluded his career as the CHL's Tulsa Oilers captain in 2005–06. Hodge Jr. went on to coach the Tulsa Oilers, whose roster included his younger brother Brendon Hodge who wore his father's number 8. Brendon Hodge is now the assistant coach of the Rapid City Rushmore Thunder varsity hockey team, who won the 2014 state championship. Named a First Team All-Star in 1971 and 1974. Played in the All-Star Game in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Two time Stanley Cup champion List of National Hockey League players from the United Kingdom List of NHL players with 100-point seasons Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
The Providence Reds were a hockey team that played in the Canadian-American Hockey League between 1926 and 1936 and the American Hockey League from 1936 to 1977, the last season of which they played as the Rhode Island Reds. The team won the Calder Cup in 1938, 1940, 1949, 1956; the Reds played at the Rhode Island Auditorium, located on North Main Street in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1926 through 1972, when the team affiliated with the New York Rangers and moved into the newly built Providence Civic Center. The team name came from the breed of chicken known as the Rhode Island Red; when the North American Hockey League folded in 1977, the Broome Dusters acquired the Reds franchise and moved them to Binghamton, New York, where they were known as the Binghamton Dusters, Binghamton Whalers, Binghamton Rangers. In 1997 the franchise was sold to Madison Square Garden and moved to become the Hartford Wolf Pack. On November 27, 2010, they were renamed the Connecticut Whale to honor the NHL's Hartford Whalers.
It is the oldest continuously operating minor-league hockey franchise in North America, having fielded a team in one form or another since 1926 in the CAHL. It is the only AHL franchise to have never missed a season; the AHL returned to Providence in 1992 in the form of the Providence Bruins. Formed in 2001, The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society commemorates the existence of the franchise and keeps the memory alive, their pinnacle event is an annual reunion. Billy Coutu Albert "Battleship" Leduc Frederick "Bun" Cook Johnny Mitchell Irwin Boyd Terry Reardon Pat Egan Jack Crawford Phil Watson Fern Flaman Ivan Irwin Dave Creighton Larry Wilson Larry Popein John Muckler Providence Reds 1926–1936 Providence Reds 1936–1976 Rhode Island Reds 1976–1977 Per HockeyDB: Boston Bruins California Seals Chicago Black Hawks Colorado Rockies New England Whalers New York Rangers St. Louis Blues Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League; the team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden in the borough of Manhattan, an arena they share with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. They are one of three NHL teams located in the New York metropolitan area; the Rangers are one of the Original Six, along with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, to compete in the NHL until the league's expansion in 1967, after the team was founded in 1926 by Tex Rickard. The team attained success early on under the guidance of Lester Patrick, who coached a vibrant team containing Frank Boucher, Murray Murdoch, Bun and Bill Cook to Stanley Cup glory in 1928, making them the first NHL franchise in the United States to win the trophy; the team would go onto win two additional Stanley Cups in 1933 and 1940.
Following this initial grace period, the franchise struggled between the 1940s and 1960s, whereby playoff appearances and success was infrequent. The team enjoyed a mini renaissance in the 1970s, where they made the Stanley Cup finals twice, losing to the Bruins in 1972 and the Canadiens in 1979; the Rangers subsequently embraced a rebuild for much of the 1980s and early 1990s, which paid dividends, where the team, led by Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Mike Richter, captured their fourth Stanley Cup in 1994. The team was unable to duplicate that success in the years that followed, entered into another period of mediocrity, enduring a franchise-record seven-year postseason drought from 1998 to 2005, languished for the majority of the 2000s, but reached another Stanley Cup finals in 2014, being led by Martin St. Louis. However, they have since entered into another period of rebuilding. Several former members of the Rangers have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, four of whom—Buddy O'Connor, Chuck Rayner, Andy Bathgate, Messier—have won the Hart Memorial Trophy while playing for the team.
George Lewis "Tex" Rickard, president of Madison Square Garden, was awarded an NHL franchise for the 1926–27 season to compete with the now-defunct New York Americans, who had begun play at the Garden the previous season. The Americans proved to be an greater success than expected during their inaugural season, leading Rickard to pursue a second team for the Garden despite promising the Amerks that they were going to be the only hockey team to play there; the new team was nicknamed "Tex's Rangers". Rickard's franchise began play in the 1926–27 season; the first team crest was a horse sketched in blue carrying a cowboy waving a hockey stick aloft, before being changed to the familiar R-A-N-G-E-R-S in diagonal. Rickard managed to get future legendary Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe to assemble the team. However, Smythe had a falling-out with Rickard's hockey man, Col. John S. Hammond, was fired as manager-coach on the eve of the first season—he was paid a then-hefty $2,500 to leave. Smythe was replaced by Pacific Coast Hockey Association co-founder Lester Patrick.
The new team Smythe assembled turned out to be a winner. The Rangers won the American Division title their first year but lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs; the team's early success led to players becoming minor celebrities and fixtures in New York City's Roaring Twenties' nightlife. It was during this time, playing at the Garden on 48th Street, blocks away from Times Square, that the Rangers obtained their now-famous nickname "The Broadway Blueshirts". On December 13, 1929, the New York Rangers became the first team in the NHL to travel by plane when they hired the Curtiss-Wright Corporation to fly them to Toronto for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which they lost 7–6. In only their second season, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Montreal Maroons three games to two. One of the most memorable stories that emerged from the finals involved Patrick playing in goal at the age of 44. At the time, teams were not required to dress a backup goaltender, so when the Rangers' starting goaltender, Lorne Chabot, left a game with an eye injury, Maroons head coach Eddie Gerard vetoed his original choice for a replacement.
An angry Patrick lined up between the pipes for two periods in Game 2 of the finals, allowing one goal to Maroons center Nels Stewart. Frank Boucher scored the game-winning goal in overtime for New York. After a loss to the Bruins in the 1928–29 finals and an early struggle in the early 1930s, the Rangers, led by brothers Bill and Bun Cook on the right and left wings and Frank Boucher at center, defeated the Maple Leafs in the 1932–33 best-of-five finals three games to one to win their second Stanley Cup, exacting revenge on the Leafs' "Kid line" of Busher Jackson, Joe Primeau and Charlie Conacher; the Rangers spent the rest of the 1930s playing close to 0.500 hockey. Lester Patrick was replaced by Frank Boucher. In 1939–40 season, the Rangers finished the regular season in second place behind Boston; the two teams met in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins gained a two-games-to-one series lead from New York, but the Rangers recovered to win three-straight games, defeating the first-place Bruins four games to two.
The Rangers' first round victory gave them a bye until the finals. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Americans in their first round best-of-three series two games to one (even as the Americans had analytical a
Red Tilson Trophy
The Red Tilson Trophy is awarded annually by the Ontario Hockey League to the most outstanding player as voted by OHL writers and broadcasters. It was donated by The Globe and Mail, first awarded in the 1944–45 OHA season by the Ontario Hockey Association. Winners of the Red Tilson Trophy are nominated for the CHL Player of the Year award; the trophy is named for Albert "Red" Tilson, a former Oshawa Generals player killed in service in World War II. Tilson was born in Saskatchewan to William and Mary Tilson, he was nicknamed "red" for his hair colour. He played two seasons for the Generals beginning with the 1941–42 OHA season, won the J. Ross Robertson Cup both seasons. Tilson won the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy in the 1942–43 OHA season as the top scorer in the league with 19 goals, 38 assists. Tilson enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces on May 27, 1943 at Ontario. Tilson was a lance corporal in The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada R. C. I. C. Tilson was killed in action in the Netherlands, on October 27, 1944.
Tilson is interred near Maldegem, Belgium. The Generals retired his uniform #9 on November 12, 2006; the Red Tilson trophy resides in the Tribute Communities Centre. List of winners of the Red Tilson Trophy. Blue background denotes named CHL Player of the Year. Michel Brière Memorial Trophy - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy - Western Hockey League Player of the Year List of Canadian Hockey League awards Ontario Hockey League Elite Prospects - Award - OHL Most Outstanding Player
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada; the Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association, founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario; the NHL took the NHA's place as one of the leagues that contested for the Stanley Cup in an annual interleague competition before a series of league mergers and folds left the NHL as the only league left competing for the Stanley Cup in 1926. At its inception, the NHL had four teams—all in Canada, thus the adjective "National" in the league's name.
The league expanded to the United States in 1924, when the Boston Bruins joined, has since consisted of American and Canadian teams. From 1942 to 1967, the league had only six teams, collectively nicknamed the "Original Six"; the NHL added six new teams to double its size at the 1967 NHL expansion. The league increased to 18 teams by 1974 and 21 teams in 1979. Between 1991 and 2000, the NHL further expanded to 30 teams, it added its 31st team in 2017 and has approved the addition of a 32nd team in 2021. The league's headquarters have been in New York City since 1989 when the head office moved there from Montreal. After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play in 2005–06 under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap. In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships and television audiences; the International Ice Hockey Federation considers the Stanley Cup to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport".
The NHL draws many skilled players from all over the world and has players from 20 countries. Canadians have constituted the majority of the players in the league, with an increasing percentage of American and European players in recent seasons; the current NHL Champions are the Washington Capitals, who defeated the Vegas Golden Knights four games to one in the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals. The National Hockey League was established in 1917 as the successor to the National Hockey Association. Founded in 1909, the NHA began play one year with seven teams in Ontario and Quebec, was one of the first major leagues in professional ice hockey, but by the NHA's eighth season, a series of disputes with Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone led team owners of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs to hold a meeting to discuss the league's future. Realizing the NHA constitution left them unable to force Livingstone out, the four teams voted instead to suspend the NHA, on November 26, 1917, formed the National Hockey League.
Frank Calder was chosen as its first president, serving until his death in 1943. The Bulldogs were unable to play, the remaining owners created a new team in Toronto, the Arenas, to compete with the Canadiens and Senators; the first games were played on December 19, 1917. The Montreal Arena burned down in January 1918, causing the Wanderers to cease operations, the NHL continued on as a three-team league until the Bulldogs returned in 1919; the NHL replaced the NHA as one of the leagues that competed for the Stanley Cup, an interleague competition back then. Toronto won the first NHL title, defeated the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association for the 1918 Stanley Cup; the Canadiens won the league title in 1919. Montreal in 1924 won their first Stanley Cup as a member of the NHL; the Hamilton Tigers, won the regular season title in 1924–25 but refused to play in the championship series unless they were given a C$200 bonus. The league refused and declared the Canadiens the league champion after they defeated the Toronto St. Patricks in the semi-final.
Montreal was defeated by the Victoria Cougars of the Western Canada Hockey League for the 1925 Stanley Cup. It was the last time a non-NHL team won the trophy, as the Stanley Cup became the de facto NHL championship in 1926 after the WCHL ceased operation; the National Hockey League embarked on rapid expansion in the 1920s, adding the Montreal Maroons and Boston Bruins in 1924. The Bruins were the first American team in the league; the New York Americans began play in 1925 after purchasing the assets of the Hamilton Tigers, were joined by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The New York Rangers were added in 1926; the Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Cougars were added after the league purchased the assets of the defunct WCHL. A group purchased the Toronto St. Patricks in 1927 and renamed them the Maple Leafs; the first NHL All-Star Game was held in 1934 to benefit Ace Bailey, whose career ended on a vicious hit by Eddie Shore. The second was held in 1937 in support of Howie Morenz's family when he died of a coronary embolism after breaking his leg during a game.
The Great Depression and the onset of World War II took a toll on the league. The Pirates became the Philadelphia Quakers in 1930 folded one year later; the Senators became the St. Louis Eagles in 1934 lasting only one