The Gazette’s Red Fisher continues his look at the Top 10 trades in Canadiens’ history. At No. 4 is John Ferguson, whom the Canadiens bought from Cleveland in June, 1963.
When GM Frank Selky sent scout Floyd Curry to Cleveland, he saw John Bowie Ferguson, with menace implicit in his eyes. What he saw was Ferguson, who had scored 38 goals and 40 assists with the American Hockey League’s Barons the preceding season, fire a puck at a teammate’s head when he saw him exchanging pleasantries with an opponent during a pregame warmup. He was everything the Canadiens needed. Mean. Intimidating. Unforgiving. He hit people to hurt them. He also played hurt.