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JANUARY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 29 used during his hockey career—handling pressure and stressful situations—have also proven to be valu- able as a surgeon. "Surgery can get a little scary and a little intense, and it's kind of a crazy comparison, but it's not unlike under the lights at Munn Ice Arena or with USA Hockey at an international competition. There is a lot of pressure there, too. It's just a different type of pressure," Ferguson said. "I have always felt comfortable under the lights of the [operating room]. Probably for that same rea- son—I have been in stressful situations before." At Michigan State, Ferguson played four seasons for legendary coach Ron Mason, who was known for preparing his teams to be one step ahead of oppo- nents. He carries those same lessons with him into the operating room. "That was the genius of Coach Mason, we were so over-prepared for every team we played it was almost like we could read their minds," Ferguson Troy Ferguson traded hockey gear for scrubs after inury treatment inspired a medical career.

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