Former Hurricanes star Francis joins front office

Nov 3, 2006 - 7:49 PM RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - Ron Francis set nearly every offensive record for the Carolina Hurricanes franchise. Now he will help produce the players to break them.

The Hurricanes on Friday announced that their former captain has joined the front office as director of player development.

A future Hall of Famer, Francis holds the franchise records in goals (382), assists (793), points (1,175), power-play goals (132) and games (1,186). Francis, who will report to director of pro scouting Marshall Johnston, had his No. 10 jersey retired by the Hurricanes on January 28, 2006.

"Ron's knowledge of the game of hockey and his experience as a player go without mention," Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Having Ron in this role will be a true benefit to the players and the Hurricanes organization."

Francis has 549 goals and 1,249 assists - the second most in NHL history - in 1,731 games over 23 seasons with the Hurricanes franchise, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. He won Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

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