NHL Seattle has officially named Ron Francis the franchise’s first general manager.
“After seven months of due diligence, research, conversations, interviews and evaluation, we are thrilled to announce Ron as our GM,” NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke said in a statement.
Francis brings to Seattle a wealth of NHL experience, both as a player and as a member of the front office. As a player, Francis was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1990s and a four-time All-Star over the course of his 23-year career that saw him finish fifth on the NHL’s all-time scoring list behind Wayne Gretzky, Jaromir Jagr, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. The Hall of Famer (he was inducted in 2007) quickly made the jump from the ice to the front office upon his retirement, spending 12 seasons in various leadership and management positions with the Carolina Hurricanes.