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Ron Francis

Executive Vice President and General Manager

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Ron Francis is in his 10th season in management with the Hurricanes and his second as executive vice president and general manager. Francis was named the eighth general manager in franchise history on April 28, 2014, and the second to serve as general manager after also playing for the team. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native served as vice president of hockey operations prior to his appointment as general manager. As executive vice president and general manager, Francis, 52, is responsible for all of the team’s hockey decisions. In addition to his hockey operations duties, Francis also serves as one of the team’s alternate governors.

Following a career in which he established himself as the greatest player in Hurricanes franchise history, Francis re-joined the organization in November 2006 as the team’s director of player development. He was promoted to assistant general manager on Oct. 4, 2007, but returned to the team’s locker room on Dec. 3, 2008, when he joined Paul Maurice behind the bench as associate head coach. While serving as a coach, Francis maintained a voice in the Hurricanes’ front office decision-making, serving as the team’s director of player personnel. He returned to the front office full-time in June 2011, accepting the role of director of hockey operations.

Francis announced his retirement on Sept. 14, 2005, following a 23-year NHL career with Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto. In 1,731 NHL regular-season games, Francis scored 549 goals and earned 1,249 assists (1,798 points), to rank him fourth all-time on the league’s points list behind Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe at the time of his retirement. Francis’ 1,249 assists rank second only to Gretzky (1,963), and he ranks third on the games-played list behind Howe (1,767) and Messier (1,756).

The Hartford Whalers drafted Francis in the first round, fourth overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Francis played with the Whalers for 10 seasons before joining Pittsburgh at the trading deadline of the 1990-91 season. He spent seven full seasons with the Penguins before rejoining the organization that drafted him, when the relocated Carolina Hurricanes signed him as a free agent on July 13, 1998. In 16 seasons with the Hartford/Carolina franchise, Francis played in 1,186 games, scoring 382 goals and earning 793 assists for 1,175 points – all of which are franchise records. The Hurricanes officially retired Francis’ No. 10 jersey to the arena’s rafters on Jan. 28, 2006, and on Nov. 12, 2007, Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

During his playing career, Francis played in four NHL All-Star games, and he won the Lady Byng Trophy (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct) three times (1995, 1998, 2002), the Frank J. Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) once (1995) and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership/humanitarian/community work) once (2002). He also won the Alka-Seltzer Plus Award in 1995, when he led the NHL in plus/minus, and was a key member of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992. The impact Francis had for the sport of hockey in North Carolina was further recognized on May 2, 2013, when he became the first hockey player inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Ron and his wife, Mary Lou, have a daughter, Kaitlyn, and two sons, Michael and Connor. They reside in Raleigh.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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