Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Farkas
Jeff Farkas entered the 2001-02 season hoping to make the Toronto Maple Leafs as the fourth line centre. Blessed with a hard shot and excellent offensive instincts, the youngster's size and defensive game represented question marks.

The talented pivot grew up in the Buffalo suburb of East Amherst where such notable hockey figures as Scotty Bowman and Harry Neale resided. Farkas developed in the local amateur system and eventually earned a scholarship to Boston College. Along the way he spent many hours around the Memorial Auditorium since his father ran a well known hockey retail store in the city and was a friend of the Sabres' assistant GM Barry Smith.

While majoring in English and Sociology, he starred for the Eagles and averaged over a point per game as a freshman in 1996-97. His excellent year was capped when the Toronto Maple Leafs selected him 57th overall at the NHL Entry Draft. Farkas returned to college and represented the United States at the World Junior Championships.

After leading Boston College to the NCAA championship game against North Dakota, Farkas was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He was also called up by the Maple Leafs when they were in the midst of a tough second round playoff series against the New Jersey Devils. Playing chiefly with Igor Korolev and Sergei Berezin, the rookie scored a goal and did not look out of place in the furious post-season action.

Farkas spent the bulk of the 2000-01 season with the St. John's Maple Leafs of the AHL. He scored 28 goals, handled the rough side of the game well and improved his defensive work. The Maple Leafs brass eagerly awaited to see how one of their top prospects would perform at training camp in September. After a solid pre-season, the young talent was sent to St. John's for further seasoning.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Nichols School Vikings High-NY 28 27 57 84 25
1994-95 Niagara Scenics EJHL 47 54 55 99 70
1995-96 Niagara Scenic ON-Jr.A 47 42 70 112 75
1995-96 United States WJC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1996-97 Boston College Eagles H-East 35 13 23 36 34
1996-97 United States WJC-A 6 1 1 2 4
1997-98 Boston College Eagles H-East 40 11 28 39 42
1997-98 United States WJC-A 7 6 4 10 6
1998-99 Boston College Eagles H-East 43 32 25 57 56
1999-00 Boston College Eagles H-East 41 32 26 58 61
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 1 0 1 0
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1
2000-01 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 77 28 40 68 62 +5 4 1 2 3 4
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 0 2 2 4 +1 2 0 0 0 0
2001-02 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 71 16 34 50 49 -7 4 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Manitoba Moose AHL 39 11 14 25 28 -4
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 24 5 12 17 14 +9
NHL Totals 11 0 2 2 6 5 1 0 1 0


Hockey East First All-Star Team (2000)
NCAA East First All-American Team (2000)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2000)
Traded to Vancouver by Toronto for Josh Holden, June 23, 2002. Traded to Atlanta by Vancouver for Chris Herperger and Chris Nielsen, January 20, 2003.
Officially announced retirement, July 28, 2003.
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