Jeff Farkas was born in Williamsville, NY and came up through NCAA system, playing for the venerable Boston College Eagles. He was a standout forward in the NCAA and was drafted in 1997 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 57th overall in the 3rd round. Farkas got his first NHL game under his belt straight out of college, playing in 3 games for the Leafs during the 2000 playoffs, scoring 1 goal. He spent most of the following hockey season in Newfoundlad with the Leafs AHL team in St John's, putting up good offensive numbers. He again got an opportunity to play with the big club in the 2001 post season, and scored 1 goal with 2 assists in 4 games. Even with the post season success, he could not crack the Leafs on a regular basis and was eventually dealt to the Vancouver Canucks for Josh Holden. In 2003 he was one the move again, traded from the Canucks to the Atlanta Thrashers for Chris Herperger and Chris Nielsen. He played three games with the Thrashers in 2003 before being sent to the minors. He split the 2002-03 season between the Manitoba Mosse and Chicago Wolves of the AHL.