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John McFarland (born April 2, 1992) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Florida Panthers. He was taken first overall in the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the Sudbury Wolves. He was selected by the Panthers in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Retired from professional hockey on February 6, 2019.

John McFarland
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Born (1992-04-02) April 2, 1992 (age 27)
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Florida Panthers
SaiPa
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 2010
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2012–2019

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Playing careerEdit

In 2007, McFarland was turned down in his request to play in the OHL because of a Hockey Canada provision.[1] Instead McFarland played the 2007–08 season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, where he accumulated 165 points, with 96 goals, and 69 assists.[2] McFarland was named the tournament's most valuable player at the 2008 OHL Showcase tournament, where he captained the Jr. Canadiens to an OHL Cup win.[3]

The Sudbury Wolves drafted McFarland first overall in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.[2] McFarland was the winner of the Jack Ferguson Award, which the OHL presents annually to the player picked first overall in the OHL Priority Selection.[3] He then signed with the Wolves in August 2008.[4] McFarland played his first OHL game on September 19, 2008. McFarland scored his first goal in the OHL on October 17, 2008 against goaltender Trevor Cann from the Peterborough Petes in a 5–4 win.[5] He then went on to win the OHL Rookie of the Month for October 2008, finishing the month with 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in 12 games.[3]

McFarland was drafted by the Florida Panthers 33rd Overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

On December 9, 2010, Sudbury traded McFarland (along with defenseman Ben Chiarot and a third-round pick in 2011) to the Saginaw Spirit in exchange for Michael Sgarbossa, Alex Racino, Frank Schumacher and a fourth-round pick.[6][7]

After four seasons as a professional within the Florida Panthers organization, McFarland left as a free agent to sign a one-year contract with Finnish club, SaiPa of the top-tier Liiga on July 24, 2016.[8]

McFarland spent two seasons abroad, with SaiPa of Finland and Swiss second division outfit HC La Chaux-de-Fonds before opting to return to North America as a free agent, and later securing a one-year AHL contract with the Bakersfield Condors, an affiliate to the Edmonton Oilers, on August 1, 2018.[9] In the 2018–19 season, McFarland opened the campaign with the Condors before he was re-assigned to ECHL affiliate, the Wichita Thunder. He registered 4 assists in 10 games with the Thunder, before returning to the Condors. On February 1, 2019, McFarland was released from his contract with the Condors after opting to retire from professional hockey.[10]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
  2009 Slovakia
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
  2009 British Columbia

During his rookie season in the OHL, McFarland competed for Team Ontario in the 2009 World U-17 Hockey Challenge on Vancouver Island where his Team Canada won the gold medal.[11] He was the tournament scoring leader, with a total of 12 points, and was also on the tournament all-star team.[12]

McFarland was named captain when he played for Team Canada at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament[13]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 49 96 69 165
2008–09 Sudbury Wolves OHL 58 21 31 52 36 6 1 3 4 2
2009–10 Sudbury Wolves OHL 64 20 30 50 70 4 3 0 3 2
2010–11 Sudbury Wolves OHL 12 6 4 10 13
2010–11 Saginaw Spirit OHL 37 19 9 28 33 12 5 4 9 6
2011–12 Saginaw Spirit OHL 36 20 21 41 18
2011–12 Ottawa 67's OHL 13 4 5 9 10
2012–13 San Antonio Rampage AHL 43 5 9 14 10
2012–13 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 23 12 13 25 12 12 4 5 9 6
2013–14 San Antonio Rampage AHL 45 10 14 24 17
2013–14 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 20 8 5 13 4
2014–15 San Antonio Rampage AHL 46 10 9 19 8 3 1 0 1 6
2015–16 Portland Pirates AHL 56 14 10 24 47 4 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2016–17 SaiPa Liiga 21 3 6 9 4
2017–18 La Chaux-de-Fonds SL 11 6 1 7 20
2018–19 Bakersfield Condors AHL 9 0 0 0 2
2018–19 Wichita Thunder ECHL 10 0 4 4 8
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada Ontario U17   6 9 4 13 4
2009 Canada WJC18 4th 6 3 5 8 6
2010 Canada WJC18 7th 6 4 1 5 8
Junior totals 18 16 10 26 18

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
Jack Ferguson Award 2008 [3]
Rookie of the Month; October 2009 [3]
International
U17 WHC All-Star Team 2009 [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "McFarland to go No. 1 in OHL draft". The Hockey News. Transcontinental. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  2. ^ a b "Sudbury Takes McFarland First In The OHL Draft". The Sports Network. CTVglobemedia. 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  3. ^ a b c d e "John McFarland". Ontario Hockey League. 2008-11-03. Archived from the original on October 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  4. ^ "McFarland commits to Wolves". Canadian Hockey League. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2009-02-07.[dead link]
  5. ^ "John McFarland". Ontario Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  6. ^ "Spirit acquire McFarland and Chiarot in blockbuster deal". Saginaw Spirit. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  7. ^ "Minor League Hockey news". The Sports Network. 2010-12-09. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  8. ^ "John McFarland signs deal with SaiPa" (in Finnish). SaiPa. 2016-07-24. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  9. ^ "Condors sign McFarland". Bakersfield Condors. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  10. ^ Bakersfield Condors (2019-02-05). "John McFarland has retired". Twitter. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  11. ^ "Canada claim gold". Hockey Canada. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  12. ^ a b "Ontario Wins Second Consecutive U17 Gold Medal". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  13. ^ "Hockey on the wire". Canada.com. 2010-02-03. Archived from the original on 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2010-02-03.

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