John McFarland (ice hockey)
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.
April 2, 1992|
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
33rd overall, 2010|
In 2007, McFarland was turned down in his request to play in the OHL because of a Hockey Canada provision. Instead McFarland played the 2007–08 season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, where he accumulated 165 points, with 96 goals, and 69 assists. 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.
The Sudbury Wolves drafted McFarland first overall in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection. 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. He then signed with the Wolves in August 2008. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
|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. He was the tournament scoring leader, with a total of 12 points, and was also on the tournament all-star team.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2007–08||Toronto Jr. Canadiens||GTHL||49||96||69||165||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||43||5||9||14||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||45||10||14||24||17||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||46||10||9||19||8||3||1||0||1||6|
Awards and honoursEdit
|Jack Ferguson Award||2008|||
|Rookie of the Month; October||2009|||
|U17 WHC All-Star Team||2009|||
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- "Spirit acquire McFarland and Chiarot in blockbuster deal". Saginaw Spirit. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
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- "John McFarland signs deal with SaiPa" (in Finnish). SaiPa. 2016-07-24. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
- "Condors sign McFarland". Bakersfield Condors. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
- Bakersfield Condors (2019-02-05). "John McFarland has retired". Twitter. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
- "Canada claim gold". Hockey Canada. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "Ontario Wins Second Consecutive U17 Gold Medal". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
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