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Introducing Tom Fergus

 

Tom Fergus was born in Chicago, and raised in Montreal, Quebec, where his love of hockey began.
 

After minor hockey in the Montreal area, he played in the Ontario major junior league with the Peterborough Petes, where he recorded 102 points over two seasons.
 

The Boston Bruins made Fergus the 60th player selected in the 1980 National Hockey League draft, and he made the team as a 19 year old.
 

Steady play enabled Fergus to enjoy a solid rookie pro season, as he contributed 15 goals in his 39 points in 61 games. He had accomplished a great deal in his first season, and now faced every second year players worst fear .. the sophomore jinx.
 

Fergus responded by producing big numbers, with 28 goals coupled with 35 assists for 63 points, and a season long plus rating of 26. Tom also took pleasure in scoring his first NHL hat trick in Montreal. In 1984-85, Fergus spent most of the season as Boston’s top centre and set career highs with 30 goals and 43 assists for a total of 73 points.
 

Tom also made his international debut with the United States National Team in the 1985 World Hockey Championships.
 

Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1985, Fergus became the Leaf’s top centre, and continued with his fine play, with 31 goals and 42 assists, matching his career high 73 points.
 

Tom played 7 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs with injuries probably preventing him from becoming an all-time Leaf great. For Toronto, he recorded 118 goals and 179 assists for a total of 297 points.
 

In 1992 and 1993, Tom finished his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks. In his 13 year career he had amassed a total of 816 points (235 goals and 581 assists).
 

After two more professional hockey seasons in Switzerland, Tom retired, and returned to Oakville, his home the last 20 years, and took over the coaching duties of the Oakville Blades. He continues to coach minor hockey, and some girls softball in Oakville, where he resides with his wife and children, and operates a promotions company, Blue Leaf Limited. Tom also remains active in the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association.
 

 

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