Skip to content

Francis becomes first hockey player inducted to North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

May 2, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

ronfrancis

Ron Francis has won a Stanley Cup, a Selke Trophy and has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame during his illustrious career.

Now, he can add another accomplishment to his resume.

On Wednesday, Francis was officially announced as the first hockey player to ever be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, joining former UNC running back Kelvin Bryant, former UNC basketball coach Bill Guthridge and ex-Cincinnati Reds second baseman Tommy Helms.

“The Carolina Hurricanes mean so much to the state of North Carolina and our sports history,” said Don Fish, the executive director of the Hall of Fame. “Ron is a part of that heritage. It was time to include a champion.

“Ron Francis changed the face of hockey in this state.”

Francis spent six years with the ‘Canes (1998-2004), emerging as a key figure on the ’02 team that made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals. At 38, Francis served as captain and led the club in both regular-season and playoff scoring.

On Jan. 28, 2006, the Hurricanes retired Francis’ No. 10 jersey, and in 2007, Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Fish said Francis’ induction solidifies hockey’s growing popularity in the state of North Carolina.

“It’s a sport that is relatively new in time but is so popular,” he explained. “No question about it: hockey will be recognized forever in this state.”

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Bolts lose Garrison, Paquette in loss to Wings

    Mar 28, 2015, 5:40 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 5.32.11 PM

    Detroit moves five points up on Boston in the Atlantic with the win.

  2. Ducks punch their playoff ticket, too

    Mar 28, 2015, 4:38 PM EDT

    Frederik Andersen, Ryan Kesler AP

    Anaheim currently has the NHL’s best record as well.

  3. Bruins ruin Lundqvist’s return

    Mar 28, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

    Henrik Lundqvist AP

    Big win for the B’s.

  4. Predators clinch playoff berth after slipping by Caps

    Mar 28, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Ellis, Filip Forsberg AP

    The West’s first ticket gets punched.

  5. Letang hospitalized after Doan hit (Update)

    Mar 28, 2015, 2:59 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v Colorado Avalanche Pittsburgh Penguins v Colorado Avalanche

    There’s plenty of debate about it being dirty or clean.

  6. Bruins chalk Rask’s absence up to dehydration (Update)

    Mar 28, 2015, 2:49 PM EDT

    Tuukka Rask AP

    The only update so far is he’s “unlikely to return.”

  7. Holtby doesn’t even last 15 minutes vs. Preds

    Mar 28, 2015, 1:13 PM EDT

    Braden Holtby AP

    Nashville’s in a great position to clinch a playoff spot.

  8. Goalie nods: Lundqvist won’t get to ease back in

    Mar 28, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT

    Henrik Lundqvist Getty Images

    The really busy Saturday matinee edition.

  9. Preds’ Weber out with a lower-body injury

    Mar 28, 2015, 12:09 PM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets v Nashville Predators Getty Images

    Nashville will aim to clinch without him.

  10. Today’s NHL playoff clinching scenarios

    Mar 28, 2015, 11:55 AM EDT

    Nashville Predators v Anaheim Ducks Getty Images

    Four teams look to punch their ticket on Saturday.

  11. Smith-Pelly isn’t really catching on in Montreal

    Mar 28, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v Arizona Coyotes Getty Images

    He’s a healthy scratch for Saturday.

  12. Shattenkirk is ‘ready to go’ for Blues

    Mar 28, 2015, 10:31 AM EDT

    Kevin Shattenkirk AP

    St. Louis gets Carl Gunnarsson back, too.

  13. North Dakota dominates Quinnipiac to advance in NCAA tournament

    Mar 28, 2015, 2:16 AM EDT

    NCAA Quinnipiac North Dakota Hockey AP

    A round-up of scores from Friday’s NCAA action.

Featured video

Hammond leads Ottawa's turnaround
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Datsyuk (2508)
  2. E. Malkin (2430)
  3. H. Lundqvist (2333)
  4. D. Hamilton (1914)
  5. A. Hammond (1849)