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Seattle Social Welcomes GM Ron Francis

by Savannah Hollis / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

As many of you know, on July 18 we announced Ron Francis as NHL Seattle's first-ever General Manager!

Tweet from @NHLSeattle_: IT'S OFFICIAL!@RonFrancis10 is the first-ever General Manager in franchise history!Get to know the new face of #NHLSeattle ��� https://t.co/McDVfH5xq9 pic.twitter.com/I9Rx3kyPI5

As you can imagine, we were pretty excited about this major milestone in our franchise's short history, and it turns out GMRF was pretty excited, too:

Tweet from @RonFrancis10: Thank you for the warm welcome! I���m excited to join @NHLSeattle_ and build an excellent franchise that will bring back the Stanley Cup! https://t.co/lMPKKKIxFG

What was even more impressive was how excited the city of Seattle was for our new hockey leader. From the sports community to the mayor's office to our community partners, everyone wanted a chance to welcome #RonTheBuilder to the Emerald City.

Here's what they had to say:

First up, we have the reigning WNBA champs - and our soon to be neighbors in the New Arena at Seattle Center giving Ron a warm welcome:

Tweet from @RonFrancis10: Thank you. Looking forward to adding some more banners to our arena.

Speaking of champs, Ron isn't the only one who's earned back-to-back championships. The 2018 & 2019 MLR Champion Seawolves showed support for the newest GM in Seattle:

Tweet from @RonFrancis10: Thank you and congratulations on your back-to-back championships!

The Seahawks got in on the action too. Anyone else ready for Blue Fridays this fall?

Tweet from @RonFrancis10: Thank you for the warm welcome. Excited to be here!

The Sounders showed off their #SeattleLove making our hearts turn a lovely shade of Rave Green in the process.

Tweet from @RonFrancis10: Thank you. Happy to be here!!

Not to be outdone, the Mariners made sure to show some love for our Hockey Hall of Famer ahead of Edgar Martinez's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tweet from @RonFrancis10: Thank you. Early congratulations to Edgar on his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame this Sunday!

Even our expansion buddies over at XFL Seattle gave our new GM a shout out!

Tweet from @RonFrancis10: Thank you for the warm welcome. Looking forward to bringing more championships to the city.

Moving on to our collegiate friends, UW made sure to shine with a beautiful #PurpleReign welcome graphic:

Tweet from @UWAthletics: Welcome to Seattle, @RonFrancis10! #GoHuskies x #NHLSeattle pic.twitter.com/7sZaDDksx5

We aren't the only hockey team in town, and we received quite the neighborly welcome from our friends over at the Everett Silvertips…

Tweet from @WHLsilvertips: Someone down the road just moved in. He's pretty prestigious. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, new @NHLSeattle_ GM @RonFrancis10. And congratulations! We're proud to be your neighbor. #PNWHockey 🙌 pic.twitter.com/RsQO4xBMqu

…while our Seattle Thunderbirds friends made sure to note that #ItStartsNow with their support!

Tweet from @SeattleTbirds: Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, @ronfrancis10.#LiveHockey #ItStartsNow @NHLSeattle_ pic.twitter.com/TDp9890Xud

The ladies over at the Washington Wild Female Hockey Association welcomed Ron with a framed photo of the women's gold-medal winning USA hockey team. We're here for this. #GrowTheGame

Tweet from @WWFHA: NHL Seattle now has a GM! Thank you @NHLSeattle_ for inviting us to be a part of announcing Ron Francis as the first GM in franchise history! #GoWild #NHLSeattle #WWFHA #GrowtheGame pic.twitter.com/wiusSGbPYV

Mayor Jenny Durkan is pretty stoked for our new GM to be here (and bring Lord Stanley back to Seattle!!!). Can you blame her? We're stoked, too.

Tweet from @RonFrancis10: Thank you. I look forward to bringing the Stanley Cup back to the city of Seattle.

KEXP hosted our milestone announcement at their facilities, and we were honored. Their hospitality was pretty wonderful and we're grateful for their support and enthusiasm!

Tweet from @kexp: Today, we were thrilled to meet @NHLSeattle_'s newest member, General Manager @RonFrancis10! The Hall of Famer, who's won two Stanley Cups, was introduced by CEO + President Tod Leiweke & KEXP's E.D. Tom Mara. As the team's official music partner, we couldn't be more excited! pic.twitter.com/X8JJiJyEX6

Finally, we'd like to shout out our first Founding Partner, Symetra, for their support. We love that you guys love hockey as much as we do and are so glad you were able to be there for this announcement!

Tweet from @Symetra: "As @NHLSeattle_���s first founding partner and sponsor, Symetra is excited to welcome @RonFrancis10 to the #PNW!��� ��� Trinity Parker, SVP https://t.co/IKQVSsJkCE pic.twitter.com/YNeehEbxD3

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