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Leafs Acquire Ron Francis

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

(March 9, 2004) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the club has acquired forward Ron Francis from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Toronto's fourth round choice in the 2005 Entry Draft.

Francis adds another face off man to the Leafs.

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Francis, 41, has played 68 games for Carolina collecting 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) with 14 penalty minutes. He ranks first on the team in games played (68-tie), second in assists (20-tie), fourth in goals (10-tie) and fifth in points (30).

The native Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario has won the Lady Byng Trophy on three occasions (1995, 1998, 2002), the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2002), the Frank J. Selke Trophy (1995) and the Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (1995). He has played in the NHL All-Star Game on four occasions (1983, 1985, 1990, 1996) and won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in consecutive years (1991, 1992)

Francis ranks second on the NHL's all-time assist list (1242) and fourth on the NHL's all-time point list (1788). He also ranks first among active NHL players in assists and second in points.

He led the NHL in assists in back to back seasons in 1994-95 and 1995-96 and has reached the 100-point plateau three times in his career (1989-90, 1992-93, 1995-96). His best season came in 1995-96 when he set career highs in assists (92) and points (119).

Francis has played 1719 career NHL games for Hartford, Pittsburgh and Carolina collecting 1788 points (546 goals, 1242 assists) with 979 penalty minutes. He was originally Hartford's first choice, fourth overall in the 1981 Entry Draft.

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