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Leaf of the Day - Nov 4, 2008 - Tom Fergus

Nov 4, 2008 - Tom Fergus

A rather interesting day yesterday meant that we didn't get to have Don Ashby as the first of the 1978-79 Leaf players.  He'll wait a week.

Today, a tip of the hat to the folks down south who are voting.  I was looking for an American-born Leaf and debated Kevin Adams (who would have given a decent tie-in to Carolina tonight), Ellett and Iafrate before deciding on the left-shooting centre from Chicago (/end presidential race tie-in), Tom Fergus.  (The left-shooting centre bit is just fortuitous.  I had thought it was Ellett who was from Chicago.)

The aquisition of Fergus is one of the rare 1980's deals that the Leafs just flat-out won.  Bill Derlago had been a very good centre for a number of years, and the Leafs managed to send him to Boston almost the second before he fell off the face of the earth.  Fergus had been in some sort of dispute with Boston and hadn't played the first game.  He got here and immediately became the Leafs leading scorer. 

I can't recall whether it was '85-86 (his first year) or '86-87 (his second), but he came out of the gate one of those seasons with nine points in his first three games.  Boston had sputtered a bit and their papers had a "Fergus watch" bemoaning that trade.

The loss of Fergus for most of 1990-91 to groin/abdominal surgery (which also cost him a lot of 1989-90) was one of the big factors in the fall of that team.  He came back some time after Christmas and got laid out by Dave Taylor, and that was really the end.  He'd play another 11 games in 1991-92 before going to vancouver for a last hurrah.

Good luck to everyone down south today.

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1978-79      St. George Lions      OHA-B      22      21      20      41                                   
1979-80     Peterborough Petes     OMJHL     63     8     6     14     14         14     1     5     6     6
1979-80     Peterborough Petes     M-Cup     5     1     0     1     4                        
1980-81     Peterborough Petes     OMJHL     63     43     45     88     33         5     1     4     5     2
1981-82     Boston Bruins     NHL     61     15     24     39     12     +15     6     3     0     3     0
1982-83     Boston Bruins     NHL     80     28     35     63     39     +26     15     2     2     4     15
1983-84     Boston Bruins     NHL     69     25     36     61     12     +8     3     2     0     2     9
1984-85     Boston Bruins     NHL     79     30     43     73     75     +14     5     0     0     0     4
1984-85     United States     WEC-A     8     4     2     6     14                        
1985-86     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     78     31     42     73     64     -24     10     5     7     12     6
1986-87     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     57     21     28     49     57     +1     2     0     1     1     2

1986-87     Newmarket Saints     AHL     1     0     1     1     0                        
1987-88     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     63     19     31     50     81     +5     6     2     3     5     2
1988-89     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     80     22     45     67     48     -38                    
1989-90     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     54     19     26     45     62     -18     5     2     1     3     4
1990-91     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     14     5     4     9     8     -5                    
1991-92     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     11     1     3     4     4     -11                    

1991-92     Vancouver Canucks     NHL     44     14     20     34     17     +1     13     5     3     8     6
1992-93     Vancouver Canucks     NHL     36     5     9     14     20     +1                    
1993-94     EV Zug     Swiss     32     21     29     50     104                        
1994-95     EV Zug     Swiss     22     12     12     24     56         12     3     10     13     16
Leaf Totals     357    118    179    297    324    -90    23    9    12    21    14
NHL Totals     726     235     346     581     499     -25    65     21     17     38     48

- Traded to Toronto by Boston for Bill Derlago, October 11, 1985.
- Missed majority of 1990-91 season recovering from abdominal muscle injury originally suffered in game vs. St. Louis, February 6, 1990.
- Traded to Vancouver by Toronto for cash, December 18, 1991.

Tom pots a pair against Detroit - look at about the two- and five-minute marks.



the HHOF take on Tom:

Though a native of the Windy City, Tom Fergus played his Junior hockey in Canada with the Peterborough Petes then joined the Boston Bruins for the 1981-82 season.

Fergus stepped right into the Bruins lineup and scored 15 goals as a rookie. The following year he showed marked improvement with 28 goals and 63 points. Fergus, in just two years had developed into the second line center the Bruins needed to compliment first liner Barry Pederson. In 1984-85 Fergus hit the 30-goal plateau while notching a career-best 73 points.

The best numbers of his career didn't stop him from getting traded however. On the eve of the 1985-86 campaign the Bruins shipped the skilled center to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Bill Derlago.

In Toronto Fergus became the team's top pivot and he responded with a career-high 31 goals and matched his previous seasons output of 73 points. However, the next year didn't go as smoothly. Fergus was held to just 49 points in an injury-shortened 57 games. The next year he had just 50 points for the struggling Leafs and fellow Chicago native Ed Olcyzk took over the first line duties. Now a second line center, Fergus bounced back with 67 points, and a personal best 45 assists in 80 games during the 1988-89 campaign. But his resurgence was short lived and the injury bug came back with a vengeance the following year.

Fergus played just 14 games for the Maple Leafs in 1990-91 and when he scored just four points through 11 games the next season, the Toronto brass had seen enough. They placed Fergus on waivers where he was claimed by the Vancouver Canucks.

Fergus was able to contribute for Vancouver with 34 points in 44 games to finish out that year, but the next year his scoring slipped and he managed just five goals and 14 points through 36 games. It signalled the end of his big league career.

But Fergus continued to play. He signed on with Zug of the Swiss league and spent his final two campaigns there before hanging up his skates for good in 1995.

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