So, this one is simple. He is easily the best player in Hartford Whalers history, and he returned to the team after relocation. His loyalty to this organization was unwavering both as a player and as a general manager, he always wanted what was best for this team during his time in the organization.
On the ice, Ron Francis not only led the team with his ability, but he also led the team in the locker room and in any other way he could. He was an incredible captain during his playing time in Carolina. He played for 6 years in Carolina alone, this does not include his time in Hartford with the Whalers.
During his six seasons with the Canes, Francis recorded 118 goals and 236 assists for 354 points in 472 games. This gives Francis a 0.75 points per game rate during his time in Carolina. Considering he played in what is known as “the dead puck era” those are incredible results. These results were so good, Francis number 10 is now hanging from the PNC Arena rafters for all to see.
Just to glance at some of Ron’s honors. He’s won the Lady Bing and King Clancy during his time in Raleigh. He also ended up in the Hall of fame. He won the Lady Bing twice more with Pittsburgh, won the Selke with them too, and won the cup during his time in Pittsburgh twice in 1991 and 1992. Not to mention, he’s in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
I personally believe Francis to be the 2nd best player in Carolina Hurricanes history. He lead the team to a cup final during his time with the team, that should not be forgotten. He got the team past the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and New Jersey Devils and into the cup final in 2002, but there are players who one-up him in my opinion.