Skip to main content

Mark Ferner

Though born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Mark Ferner enjoyed Kamloops, British Columbia as his home. Many of his hockey highlights came in the Okanagan city, and he would return there upon his retirement.

A former star with the Jr. Oilers/Blazers, Ferner was a WHL all star before turning pro in 1985. Ferner was selected 202nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres after his first year of junior in 1983. Ferner was immediately farmed out to AHL Rochester. Ferner would be accustomed to the busses and life of the minor leagues. Ferner would spend 4 years in Rochester, being recalled for a paltry 15 games in the NHL.

The Sabres gave up on Ferner prior to the 1989-90 season when he was traded to the Washington Capitals. He played only nine games for the Caps but was a solid defender and playmaker on the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL. He would then move on to be part of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators organizations, but never played a NHL game with either entity.

Ferner's big break came when Anaheim selected him in the 1993 Expansion Draft. Ferner scored eight points in 50 games. Ferner's big league stay was short but sweet. The following season the NHL experienced a lock-out, forcing Ferner to the San Diego Gulls of the IHL. The Detroit Red Wings picked up Ferner as insurance on the blueline late that season. But he was let go as soon as the season was over.

Ferner never returned to the NHL. He would bounce around the IHL and Germany until he retired in 2001. Upon retirement he returned to Kelowna as an assistant coach.


Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M