#30: John Ferguson
There’s always room on the list for an enforcer, and there’s no doubt that John Ferguson was one of the best of all time.
Ferguson spent his entire eight-year career with the Montreal Canadiens. He was originally called up in 1963 to protect Jean Beliveau and other stars of the Habs. It worked, as 12 seconds into his first game, he got into a fight (he won).
That year, he would lead all rookies in scoring with 18 goals and 45 points, and finished second for the Calder trophy, given to the NHL’s top rookie.
His best offensive season was 1968-69, when he scored 29 goals and 52 points. He also scored the Stanley-Cup winning goal that year.
In total, he won five Stanley Cups in the eight years he played, and made two all-star teams.
After he retired, he was an assistant coach with Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. There, he instructed Bobby Clarke to intentionally injure Valeri Kharlamov, later stating “that guy is killing us.”
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