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Hurricanes reward GM Ron Francis with contract extension

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:25:51 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) - After improving by 15 points in the standings last season, the Carolina Hurricanes rewarded executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis with a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the team announced Tuesday.

"Ron has rebuilt our organization the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out," Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr . said.

"I'm thrilled that he will continue to see the job through. The future is very bright for the Hurricanes in Carolina," he added.

The 53-year-old Francis is entering his 11th season in management with the Hurricanes and third as GM and executive vice president.

Francis previously worked for the team as director of player development, assistant general manager, associate head coach and director of hockey operations.

Francis scored 549 goals and had 1,798 points in 23 NHL seasons, 16 of which were spent with the Hurricanes franchise.

He's fifth on the League's all-time scoring list behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857), Mark Messier (1,887), Jaromir Jagr (1,868) and Gordie Howe (1,850). His 1,249 assists are second to Gretzky's 1,963, and he's third in games played behind Howe (1,767) and Messier (1,756).

Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.

Recently, the Hurricanes traded for forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell , and signed free agent forwards Lee Stempniak and Viktor Stalberg during the offseason to add to a young core including defensemen Noah Hanifin and Justin Faulk .

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