Norm Ferguson (ice hockey)

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Norm Ferguson
Born (1945-10-16) October 16, 1945 (age 72)
Sydney, NS, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Cleveland Barons
Oakland Seals
California Golden Seals
New York Raiders
New York Golden Blades
New Jersey Knights
San Diego Mariners
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1968–1978

Norman Gerard Ferguson (born October 16, 1945) is a Canadian former ice hockey player and coach. Ferguson was a forward who played in either centre or right wing. He is the father of former-NHL player Craig Ferguson. In 1982, Ferguson was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Ferguson played junior ice hockey with the Montreal Junior Canadiens for the 1964–65 and 1965–66 seasons. Ferguson moved to the Montreal Canadiens farm team, the Houston Apollos in the Central Professional Hockey League for the 1966–67 season. Ferguson then played for the Cleveland Barons in the American Hockey League in the 1967–68 season.

In his rookie season in the National Hockey League with the Oakland Seals, Ferguson set the Seals single-season record for goals; he scored 34 during the 1968–69 season. This was a new record for a rookie. After the season, Ferguson finished second to Danny Grant in the balloting for the Calder Trophy.[2]

The New York Islanders selected Ferguson from the Seals in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft,[3] but Ferguson had signed a contract to play with the New York Raiders in the World Hockey Association for the 1972–73 season.[4] He would play with various World Hockey Association teams. Ferguson was the team captain of the 1974–75 San Diego Mariners.[5] Ferguson finished his playing career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1977–78.

Coaching career[edit]

Ferguson took over as head coach of the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings during the 1978-79 season.[6] Ferguson later served as assistant coach for his hometown team, the Cape Breton Oilers of the American Hockey League for seven seasons from 1989 to 1996.[7] Ferguson was assistant coach to George Burnett when the Oilers won the Calder Cup in the 1992–93 AHL season.

Statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1964–65 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 51 17 16 33 0
1965–66 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 43 16 29 45 27
1966–67 Houston Apollos CPHL 55 8 6 14 20 1 0 0 0 0
1967–68 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 42 33 75 27
1968–69 Oakland Seals NHL 76 34 20 54 31 7 1 4 5 7
1969–70 Oakland Seals NHL 72 11 9 20 19 3 0 0 0 0
1970–71 California Golden Seals NHL 54 14 17 31 9
1971–72 California Golden Seals NHL 74 14 20 34 13
1972–73 New York Raiders WHA 56 28 40 68 8
1973–74 New York Golden Blades / Jersey Knights WHA 75 15 21 36 12
1974–75 San Diego Mariners WHA 78 36 33 69 6 10 6 5 11 0
1975–76 San Diego Mariners WHA 79 37 37 74 12 4 2 0 2 9
1976–77 San Diego Mariners WHA 77 39 32 71 5 7 2 4 6 0
1977–78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 71 26 21 47 2 5 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 279 73 66 139 72 10 1 4 5 7
WHA totals 436 181 184 365 45 26 10 9 19 9

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year League Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
Edmonton Oil Kings 1978–79 WHL 72 17 43 12 0 46 3rd in East Lost in round-robin
TOTALS NHL 35 12 20 3 38 –– ––

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norman "Normie" Ferguson". Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ Pollack, David (2006-04-06). "The Seals of Disapproval". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  3. ^ Kurtzberg, Brad. "Seals 1972-1973 Season". SealsHockey.com. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ Davis, Reyn (1979-05-28). "A nowhere ride". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Season One — Welcome to the Big Leagues 1974/75". Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  6. ^ Turchansky, Ray (2007-09-18). "Oil Kings lose throne to WHA's Oilers". canada.com. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Norm Ferguson hockey statistics and profile". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 

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