Born: March 6, 1990
Position: Left wing
Weight: 188 lbs.
Hometown: Vibant, Sask.
2009-2010 team: Red Deer Rebels
Player info: The native of Vibank, Sask., located 25 minutes east of Regina, played most of his minor hockey in nearby Balgonie before hooking up with the Pat Canadians in the provincial capital in 2007.
The six-foot, 185-pound winger was eventually added to the Rebels’ 50-player protected list, although he had originally planned on suiting up with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League this winter and pursuing a U.S. college scholarship.
“Being 18, I was really considering the junior A option,” Ferguson said. “I know a couple of guys who are playing in Bonnyville and it’s a team that has developed a lot of scholarship players.
“But with an opportunity to be in Red Deer, with as well-run an organization that you could imagine with a lot of great people . . . I just thought there’s no better place to play.”
Rebels head coach Jesse Wallin said he was happy to have Ferguson on board.
“Early in the season I thought that ‘Fergy’ kind of blended into the background a bit. He’s a typical example of a guy who was able to get away with things as an older player at the midget AAA level, as a 17-year-old, and in taking the next step he really had some ground to cover, said Wallin.
“His compete level has risen and that’s starting to allow his skill to show through. He has the puck more and he’s able to create more opportunities. Early on he wasn’t really getting any opportunities and now he’s starting to create those by really just winning his battles, by competing for pucks and being stronger on the puck.”