Saturday, January 28, 2006

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
  1. Steve Yzerman - 63
  2. Joe Sakic - 346
  3. Luc Robitaille - 409
  4. Jaromir Jagr - 417
  5. Pierre Turgeon - 489
  6. Mark Recchi - 554
  7. Brendan Shanahan - 600
  8. Mike Modano - 643
  9. Jeremy Roenick - 665
  10. Mats Sundin - 676

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2 Comments:

At 12:45 AM, January 30, 2006, Blogger craigchurch said...

Call me crazy but wasn't Francis wearing full gear last night? Why? Is that a common thing for jersey retirement ceremonies?

 
At 2:53 AM, January 30, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Yes, answer pending and no. It's not a common thing for retirees to appear in gear for the ceremony, but, that said, I liked what the Hurricanes did. Having Francis in uniform instead of just appearing as 'an old guy in a suit,' reminds fans of when he was out there on the ice, making amazing plays.

Consider it a ' one for the road' sort of deal. It was also nice to see his two sons also got to skate around with their famous dad there for the event. Ron's younger brother Ricky, a gold-medal winning skier at the Special Olympics, was also on hand for the event.

OK, one more for those still reading in the comments section: Which former NHL goaltender is related to and played with Ron Francis?

 

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