John Ferguson named Coyotes assistant General Manager, Roadrunners GM

Ferguson’s lengthy career as an executive sees him return west


American Hockey League

John Ferguson replaces Steve Sullivan as the Roadrunners’ General Manager.

James Mackey, Reporter

The Arizona Coyotes added a new name to their revamped front office on Wednesday.

General Manager Bill Armstrong announced via press release that the Coyotes had signed up John Ferguson as Assistant General Manager and Tucson Roadrunners General Manager.

“John is extremely knowledgeable about the game and with 20-plus years in the NHL, brings a tremendous amount of experience to our hockey operations department,” Armstrong said in a statement.

Ferguson has made many stops in his career as an executive. Most recently, he was the Boston Bruins’ executive director of player personnel, as well as the General Manager of the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

Montreal native Ferguson was selected by his hometown Canadiens in the 12th round of the 1985 NHL Draft. He served six seasons as the St. Louis Blues’ Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations between 1997 and 2003 before moving to Toronto to become the Maple Leafs’ Vice President and GM from 2003 to 2008.

Alongside current Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman, Ferguson helped build Canada’s 2007 IIHF World Championship team. This team, featuring Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Coyotes legend Shane Doan, went unbeaten during that summer’s tournament in Russia to capture a gold medal.

Ferguson, whose father played for Montreal between 1963 and 1971, was the San Jose Sharks’ Director of Pro Scouting from 2008 to 2014. He joined Boston’s hockey operations staff in June 2014.

“I’m grateful to Bill, Xavier Gutierrez and Mr. (Alex) Meruelo for providing me with this opportunity,” Ferguson said in the team’s official statement. “I’m excited about the Coyotes’ vision and plan for the future and look forward to helping Bill build a long-term winning team in the Valley.”

Ferguson has signed a multi-year contract. His first season with the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate begins Oct. 15, when the Roadrunners square off with the Stockton Heat for two games in Stockton, Calif.