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Ron Francis

Born:March 1, 1963Draft:1981, Whalers, 4th Overall
Hometown:Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioPosition:C
Known For:2nd Most AssistsShoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Team:Seattle Kraken (GM)

Ronald Michael Francis Jr. (born March 1, 1963) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. He is the general manager of the Seattle Kraken that plans to play its first season in 2021. Drafted fourth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Francis played 23 seasons in the NHL for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh PenguinsCarolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. Upon retiring from professional ice hockey in 2004, Francis stood second all-time in career assists (1,249), behind only Wayne Gretzky; fifth in career points (1,798); third in games played (1,731); and 27th in career goals (549).

In 2014, Francis was named as the general manager for the Hurricanes, replacing Jim Rutherford, who had been with the franchise ever since the team’s move to Raleigh, North Carolina. Two years before, Francis had become a minority owner of the team as part of the five-man investor group, Playmakers Management. In March 2018, he was promoted to the president of hockey operations role. His Hurricanes contract was terminated on April 30, 2018. On July 18, 2019, he was hired as the first general manager of the Seattle Kraken.

Years as an NHL player: 1981-2004
Years as an NHL coach: 2008-2011
Years as an NHL executive: 2006-present

Ron Francis Hartford Whalers
Ron Francis, Hartford Whalers (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ron Francis Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
March 4, 1991Hartford Whalers LogoGrant Jennings
Ulf Samuelsson
Pittsburgh PenguinsJohn Cullen
Jeff Parker
Zarley Zalapski
March 9, 2004Carolina HurricanesToronto Maple LeafsFourth-Round Pick
(Jared Boll)

Deeper Dive

Front Office History

  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes (Director of Player Development) 2006-2007
  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes (Assistant General Manager) 2007-2008
  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes (Director of Player Personnel) 2008-2011
  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes (Director of Hockey Operations) 2011-2014
  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes (Executive VP of Hockey Operations/General Manager) 2014-2018
  • AHL Charlotte Checkers (General Manager) 2017-2018
  • Team Canada – Spengler Cup (General Manager) 2019
  • NHL Seattle Kraken (General Manager) 2020-present
  • Team Canada – Olympic Games (Assistant General Manager) 2022

Coaching History

  • Carolina Hurricanes (Associate Coach) 2008-2011


  • NHL All-Star Game — 1983, 1985, 1990, 1996
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy — 1995
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy — 1995, 1998, 2002
  • King Clancy Memorial Trophy — 2002
  • Stanley Cup Champion — 1991, 1992
  • Inducted Into Hockey Hall of Fame — 2007