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28 // JANUARY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM I K E M O S T C O L L E G E H O C K E Y P L AY E RS , T r oy Fe r g u s o n s t a r t e d l i f e o n campus at Michigan State University with the dream of playing in the NHL. But an injury suffered during his sophomore season changed h i s w h o l e o u t l o o k o n l i f e after hockey. " We had an outstanding team that year. Ryan Miller was setting shutout records and we were ranked number one the whole season," said Ferguson, who joined the Spartans in 1999 after being a member of the inaugu- ral class at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. "I separated my shoulder and tore my labrum around Christmas time, but I was able to finish the year." The Spartans' season ended with a loss to the University of North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinal. He had surgery two days later. "The surgeons and the team doc- tor pieced me back together and by next sea- son I was back as good as new," Ferguson recalled. "The care I received put me on a different path. Those doctors became my mentors. They saw something in me and encouraged me to pursue a career in medicine. It was something I had never dreamed of." After earning a bachelor 's degree from Michigan State, Ferguson graduated from MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008. He completed his surgical residen- cy in 2013, stayed in town and is now part of Lansing Surgical Associates, where his patients include college and pro athletes. Ferguson credits the interaction with the surgeons that repaired his shoulder with opening his eyes to what it was like to help someone recover from an injury and get back to full health. "I loved what they did for me. When you have hockey taken away for an injury like I did, and then you have it given back to you —it's a pretty neat gift," he said. "That's why I love surgery. You can really fix things; you can really help people and make them better." In his mind, the path to him becoming a doctor was paved straight through hockey. " I w o u l d n ot b e w h e r e I a m i f i t wasn't for hockey, USA Hockey and Michigan State hockey," Ferguson said. "It's hard to believe that a sport could do so much for someone, but I owe it all to the game. It was the teams, the players, the coaches and the doors that were o p e n e d , t h e o p p o r t u n i t i e s that I had because of hockey. That led me to Ann Arbor for the NTDP and then to Michigan State. " I f I a m n o t p l a y - ing hockey, if I am not exposed to that educa- tion and those mentors, none of this happens." S o m e o f t h e s a m e s k i l l s t h a t Fe r g u s o n The Doctor Is IN IN Hockey Helps Pave The Way To The Operating Room For NTDP Alum L Ferguson credits the interaction with the surgeons that repaired his shoulder with opening his eyes to what it was like to help someone recover from an injury and get back to full health.

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