FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Jan. 13, 2006
RALEIGH, NC -
|The first 18,000 fans in attendance at the Hurricanes/Thrashers game on Saturday, January 28 will receive miniature Ron Francis No. 10 banners, courtesy of CEI. |
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced some of the featured activities for Ron Francis Retirement Night
. The team will honor its former captain and 23-year National Hockey League star Ron Francis prior to and during its game on Saturday, Jan. 28 against the Atlanta Thrashers. The Hurricanes will formally retire Francis' familiar No. 10 jersey during a pre-game ceremony, and honor the franchise's all-time goals, assists and points leader throughout the game. Tickets
for Ron Francis Retirement Night are still available.
Ron Francis will be available to the media during a press conference the day before his retirement ceremonies take place. The press conference will take place on Friday, Jan. 27 in the RBC Center's second floor Varsity Room and will begin at 11 a.m.
On Jan. 28, Ron Francis Retirement night will feature special events beginning prior to the team warm-ups at 6:30 p.m., so fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early at the RBC Center. The ceremony to formally retire Francis' No. 10 jersey will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and will feature special guests from the National Hockey League and Francis' career. The first 18,000 fans in attendance at the game will receive miniature Ron Francis No. 10 banners, courtesy of CEI, as well as a Ron Francis legacy card commemorating the event, courtesy of Litho Industries. In addition, the Hurricanes will wear special commemorative jerseys during warm-ups and the game, which will be auctioned to benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase commemorative t-shirts and pucks in The Eye store.
Francis announced his retirement on Sept. 14, 2005, following a 23-year NHL career with Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto. In 1,731 NHL regular-season games, Francis scored 549 goals and earned 1,249 assists, to rank him fourth all-time on the league's points list behind Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. Francis' 1,249 assists rank second only to Gretzky (1,963) and he ranks third on the games-played list behind Howe (1,767) and Messier (1,756).
|The first 18,000 fans attending Ron Francis Night will receive this 8x10 player card (suitable for framing) courtesy of Litho Industries. |
The Hartford Whalers drafted Francis in the first round, fourth overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Francis played with the Whalers for 10 seasons before joining Pittsburgh at the trading deadline of the 1990-91 season. He spent seven full seasons with the Penguins before rejoining the organization that drafted him, when the relocated Carolina Hurricanes signed him as a free agent on July 13, 1998. In 16 seasons with the Hartford/Carolina franchise, Francis played in 1,186 games, scoring 382 goals, earning 793 assists for 1,185 points, all of which are franchise records.
During his playing career, Francis played in four NHL All-Star games, won the Lady Byng Trophy (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct) three times (1995, 1998, 2002), the Frank J. Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) in 1995 and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership/humanitarian/community work) in 2002. He also won the Alka-Seltzer Plus Award in 1995 when he led the NHL in plus/minus, and was a key member of the Penguins' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992.
Tickets for Ron Francis Retirement Night and all remaining Hurricanes home games are available at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets, by calling 919-834-4000 or via CarolinaHurricanes.com. For information on Hurricanes season-ticket packages and mini-season ticket plans, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES.