TORONTO (AP) - Former NHL player and general manager John Ferguson Sr. has died after a long fight with prostate cancer. He was 68.
Ferguson died Saturday. He was one of the toughest players to lace up skates in the NHL and remained a big part of the sport as a general manager, coach and scout at the highest level.
Ferguson, the father of current Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., played eight NHL seasons from 1963-71, all with the Montreal Canadiens, and was a Stanley Cup champion five times.
Ferguson was found to have prostate cancer in September 2005 and thought he had beaten the disease, but it came back.
Ferguson was general manager and coach of the New York Rangers for two tumultuous years until 1978 and general manager of the Winnipeg Jets, both in the WHA and NHL, from 1979-88, briefly serving as coach. He was the manager of Windsor Raceway between hockey jobs before becoming director of player personnel for the Ottawa Senators from 1992-95. He was a senior scout for the San Jose Sharks from 1995 until his death.
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