NAHL, Amarillo Bulls alum Ferguson inks AHL deal with Toronto
March 21, 2018
A third member of the Amarillo Bulls alumni has inked a contract in the American Hockey League.
Brady Ferguson who concluded a brilliant four-year, collegiate career at Robert Morris University signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, the affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ferguson, a Lewisville, Texas native, joins Collin Delia (Rockford IceHogs) and Hampus Gustafsson (Washington Capitals) as those former Bulls to sign major deals. Delia became the first Bulls Alum to play in an NHL Pre-Season game back in the fall with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“It’s finally sunk in now but it all happened pretty fast,” said Ferguson from Toronto. “It’s a little weird after your season ends, and you jump on a new team at the end of the season. But it’s been good so far.”
Ferguson became the all-time leading point leader at Robert Morris posting 66 goals and 101 assists for 167 points in 152 games. He said that the level of hockey in the AHL is different than what he is used to at the NCAA level.
“I watched the game on Tuesday night and it’s certainly a little faster and everyone is bigger,” he said. “I think it will be a smooth transition for me, and I’m excited to get started.”
Ferguson spent two seasons with the Amarillo Bulls where he helped them win a North American Hockey League Robertson Cup National Championship. He said the Bulls played a major part in helping him get to where he is now.
Ferguson played in the NAHL for the Bulls during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, totaling 79 points in 114 career NAHL games. He also took part in the 2013 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, playing for the NAHL 18U Selects Team at the event.
“The Amarillo Bulls is where it all started for me,” he said. “I was coming from Dallas Elite U18, and it’s a difficult transition to come in from that to junior hockey. I think the Amarillo Bulls did a good job in making that transition smooth and helping develop your game to the college level and going on from there. I was really fortunate to have the coaches I had there in Dennis Williams, Rocky Russo and Harry Mahood. They did a great job with all of us and you can see it in our success.”
The Marlies are currently first in the AHL’s North Division with 92 points, and their parent club, the Toronto Maple Leafs have done an amazing job picking up young talent. A year ago, the Leafs had a great run in the Stanley Cup playoffs and are poised to go back to the playoffs again.