Francis won Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992 and
helped the Hurricanes make a surprise run to the Cup finals in
2002. The four-time All-Star retired last month, ending a 23-year
career in which he ranked among the NHL's career leaders in several
"No ceremony could fully pay tribute to what Ron Francis meant
to the Hurricanes organization and the National Hockey League,''
said Jim Rutherford, team president and general manager.
The Hurricanes plan to honor their 42-year-old former captain
before the Jan. 28 game against Southeast Division rival Atlanta.
Francis is second to Wayne Gretzky with 1,249 assists, and ranks
among the league's best with 1,731 games (third), 549 goals (19th)
and 1,798 points (fourth). He is the Hurricanes' career leader in
goals, assists and points.
Francis was a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, an
award combining sportsmanship and skill.