By The Raleigh Telegram
RALEIGH – One of the most popular and profilic players to hit the ice in Raleigh will be honored once again. This time, Ron Francis will be inducted into the 50th anniversary class of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony later this year.
Francis will be one of only 11 people inducted this year and is the first hockey representative in the museum during a ceremony at the Raleigh Convention Center on May 2nd.
Also included in this year’s class are Kelvin Bryant, Wade Garrett, Bill Guthridge, Tommy Helms, Marion Kirby, Rich McGeorge, Hugh Morton, Bob Quincy, Marty Sheets and Mildred Southern.
One of the top four scorers in NHL history, Francis has already been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, had his number retired, and won the Stanley Cup twice as a player and once in 2006 in the front office for the Hurricanes, where he still works today.
Francis appeared in four All Star Games and continues to be a household name in hockey today.
The NC Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1963. The permanent exhibit NC Sports Hall of Fame at the NC Museum of History features significant artifacts donated by the inductees. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Banquet ticket information is available at www.ncsportshalloffame.org or by calling (919) 845-3455.
OFFICIAL HURRICANES BIO:
Francis retired from his hockey playing career on Sept. 14, 2005, following a career in which he established himself as the greatest player in Carolina Hurricanes franchise history.
He scored 549 goals and earned 1,249 assists (1,798) in 23 NHL seasons with Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto, and ranks fourth in NHL history in points, behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. Francis played in four NHL All-Star Games, won the Lady Byng Trophy three times (1995, 1998, 2002), the Selke Trophy once (1995) and the King Clancy Trophy once (2002).
Francis won the Stanley Cup twice with Pittsburgh (1991, 1992), but spent 16 of his 23 NHL seasons with the Hartford/Carolina franchise, establishing team records in games played (1,186), goals (382), assists (793) and points (1,175). The Hurricanes officially retired Francis’ No. 10 jersey on Jan. 28, 2006, and on Nov. 12, 2007, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Following his retirement, Francis joined the Hurricanes front office, where he currently serves as Vice President of Hockey Operations, and works directly with General Manager Jim Rutherford on all hockey-related matters. ::
Article Posted: Tuesday, January 8th, 2013.