April 16, 2016

Lorne Ferguson

One of the great improvements in hockey over the years is the medical care all the players receive.

Rewind back to the 1950s when players feared for their job security if they were injured. Players like Lorne Ferguson, a 422 game veteran with Boston, Detroit and Chicago.

During a game in the 1957-58 season Ferguson suffered a separated shoulder and a broken collar bone while playing with the Red Wings.

"I sat out a couple of shifts. I came back and scored a goal. I though it was only a bruise and I was treated for a bruise," he said.

After the game he insisted on getting the injury looked into more closely, as he knew it was more serious than a bruise. That did not sit well with Red Wings boss Jack Adams.

"Immediately after I was better I was traded to Chicago," said Ferguson.

"It didn't heal properly. To this day it still bothers me. It's very painful. I think it shortened my career by four or five years."

Ferguson exited the NHL in 1959. The swift skater 82 goals and 162 points in his NHL career.

By 1961 he settled in Kingston, Ontario and became a sales representative with a brewery for many years.

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