Ron Francis
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"Ronald Michael Francis, Jr." is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey Centre (ice hockey)/centre who played 23 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. Francis was in 2014 named as the general manager (ice hockey)/general manager for the Hurricanes, replacing Jim Rutherford, who had been with the franchise ever since the team's move to North Carolina. Two years before, Francis had become a minority owner of the team as part of the five-man investor group Playmakers Management.

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I certainly enjoyed many aspects of [my career] and look back with fond memories and absolutely no regrets.

The (lack of) notoriety, that's for others to debate. I'm very satisfied with how my career went and I enjoyed the entire trip. I look back with no regrets.

As a kid growing up in the little city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, I dreamed of one day playing in the NHL, but never did I expect it to be as much fun as it turned out to be.

My personality is not one that goes out looking for that (publicity). If anything, I probably bring a little bit of that on myself because I tend to shy away from that limelight. But it was never about that. It was about playing the game. And the thing I'm most proud of over the length of my career is probably the consistency. That is the best part.

I always joked in years past that when that time came I would send a fax in from the Caribbean.

To be in that class is very special for me and something I'm very proud of.

If that happens, I certainly want a picture of all of us for my own wall.