Ronald Michael Francis, Jr. (March 1, 1963-), at the time of his retirement, held franchise records for the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes for most games played (1,186), goals (382), assists (793), points (1,175) and shots (2,541) and is one of three team captains to lead two different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals. Francis began playing for his native Sault Ste. Marie Legion team in the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and then for the Greyhounds of the OHL before the Hartford Whalers made him the fourth overall pick of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Ron scored 25 goals that first year and from 1981 to 1991, as a member of the Whalers topped the 20-goal mark in each of his first 1 seasons. Francis was tapped as Hartford’s captain during the 1984-85 year becoming one of the youngest captain’s in the NHL at the time at only 22. He spent 10 years in Hartford (1981-1991) where he earned his first of four selections for the NHL All-Star Game, honing his skills to become one of the great passers in the NHL. At the 1991 trade deadline, the Whalers sent Francis to the Pittsburgh Penguins, making him the final element needed to reach the Promised Land as they won the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history that year. Ron helped the Pens win their second consecutive Cup in 1991-92 and also served as the captain and alternate captain with Mario Lemieux absent due to injuries. In 1994-95, Francis was named the Lady Byng Trophy winner, for his gentlemanly conduct, for the first of three times and also won the Selke trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward. He played eight years in the Steel City (19991-1998) and then returned to the Whaler organization, now relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina as the Carolina Hurricanes. He spent six more years with Carolina before being shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the stretch run in 2004. He would retire with the Leafs following that 2003-04 season. Ron Francis was perhaps one of the quietest stars that the NHL had seen in recent years with superb discipline, vision and work ethic as he collected 549 goals, 1,249 assists, 1,798 points and only 684 career penalty minutes. Ron Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. After retiring in 2004, Francis joined the upper management with the Carolina organization, became a minority owner of the franchise in 2012 and then became the general manager in 2014.