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Ron Francis

Executive Vice President and General Manager

Player Bio

Ron 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 is in his ninth season in management with Carolina, most recently serving as Vice President of Hockey Operations prior to his appointment as executive vice president and general manager. As vice president and general manager, Francis, 51, is responsible for all of the team’s hockey decisions. In addition to his hockey operations duties, Francis also serves as one of the teams’ 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. 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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45