Today I am going to resurrect one of my old post ideas.
This will consist of autographed cards from my collection of a NHL/WHA player who is celebrating a birthday today.
And the winner is
Sydney, Nova Scotia's Norm Ferguson was born on October 16, 1945 and he went on to a four-year career in the National Hockey League. A right winger, he spent two years with Montreal Junior Canadiens while being groomed by the NHL Canadiens, but he was traded to the Oakland Seals in May 1968.
The 1968-69 schedule marked the first year of Ferguson's NHL career, and he exploded onto the scene scoring 34 goals as a rookie. However, the next season his totals dropped to just eleven goals and 20 points. In the final two years of his NHL career, Ferguson bounced back a little, but was never able to come close to his rookie year success.
By 1972, despite being claimed by the New York Islanders in the NHL Expansion Draft, he was out of the NHL and pursuing a career with the upstart World Hockey Association. He played two seasons in the New York area with the Raiders, then took his skills to San Diego when the franchise relocated. He spent three seasons with the San Diego Mariners, scoring 36, 37, and 39 goals in successive years. When the Mariners franchise folded, Ferguson signed with the Edmonton Oilers.
With the WHA Oilers, Ferguson's point totals dropped from 71 the year before to just 47 with Edmonton. Following his only year in Edmonton, Ferguson retired from professional hockey.
I received these blue ink signed cards TTM in the 80's.