Inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982
Born in Providence in 1944 in Providence, Jack starred in the long line of All-State goaltenders at LaSalle Academy. His play, including an All-New England nod, earned him a scholarship at collegiate powerhouse, Boston University. He played under Jack Kelly and was part of the Hall-of-Fame coach’s first recruiting class at BU.
Remarkably, Jack was legally blind and was named ‘Mr. Magoo’ by his teammates. Ferreira’s breakout year came as a junior in 1965 when he backstopped the Terriers to a 25-6 record and won the ECAC regular season title. Though BU would fall to Brown in the conference semifinals and prevent the Terriers from making the ’65 tourney, the All-American had a lasting impact with his school-record 8 shutouts, a mark that still stands.
Jack would finish his playing career the following year and turn to the administrative side of hockey for the rest of his career. However, the BU faithful would remember his stellar tenure in net and reward him with an induction into the BU athletic Hall-of-Fame in 1982.
Few are as well connected across the sport of hockey as Jack. He began his off-ice hockey career coaching the Plebes at West Point and as an assistant coach with the Princeton varsity. He would soon move on to the WHA as an assistant with the Hartford Whalers and a fruitful scouting career before his major front office successes.
Prior to signing a multiyear contract as the Minnesota North Stars’ general manager and vice president in 1988, Ferreira served as the New York Rangers’ director of player development.
As part of the deal for George Gund III to sell the North Stars to a group led by Norman Green, the NHL awarded Gund a franchise in Northern California, to which he brought Ferreira along to become the GM. Thus Ferreira became the first general manager of the San Jose Sharks during their inaugural season in 1991-92.
Jack later became the first GM of another California franchise, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, from 1993 to 1998. He left the organization in 2000 to become director of player personnel with the Atlanta Thrashers. Jack would then move on to become the longtime Special Advisor to the General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings, highlighted by 2 Stanley Cup championships in 2012 & 2014.
He now serves as Senior Advisor for the Minnesota Wild.