Francis's #10 goes to the rafters
Well, the 20-minute on-ice jersey retirement ceremony the Carolina Hurricanes had tonight for Ron Francis won't compete with the bloated 1-hour-and-20-minute sendoff Mark Messier received a few weeks back, but it was great nonetheless.
It probably wasn't something many people saw tonight, but Francis going out with little fanfare is pretty indicative of how his impressive career was played: out of the limelight. Still, he's certainly deserving of the honour, and it was great to see him share it with his family and former teammates.
And I'm pretty sure his spot in 4th on the all-time points leaders list is going to be safe some time.
Active players || Number of points behind Francis's 1798
- Steve Yzerman - 63
- Joe Sakic - 346
- Luc Robitaille - 409
- Jaromir Jagr - 417
- Pierre Turgeon - 489
- Mark Recchi - 554
- Brendan Shanahan - 600
- Mike Modano - 643
- Jeremy Roenick - 665
- Mats Sundin - 676