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John McFarland
McFarland SaiPa.jpg
Born April 2 1992 (1992-04-02) (age 25),
Richmond Hill, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Liiga team
F. teams
SaiPa
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 2010
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2012–present

John McFarland (born April 2, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing within the SaiPa of the Finnish Liiga. He was taken first overall in the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the Sudbury Wolves. He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 2nd round (33rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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]

He 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]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2009 Slovakia
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold 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.[9] He was the tournament scoring leader, with a total of 12 points, and was also on the tournament all-star team.[10]

McFarland was named as Captain when he played for Team Canada at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament[11]

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
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada Ontario U17 Gold medal icon 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 [10]

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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