Widely regarded as the greatest Whaler, Ron Francis holds most franchise offensive records, including goals (264), assists (557), points (821), and games (714). In 1991, he was infamously traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with defenseman Ulf Samuelsson and won Stanley Cups in '91 and '92. After the Whalers moved to North Carolina in 1997 and became the Hurricanes, Francis signed on in 1998 and padded his franchise records for the next five seasons. He is currently an associate head coach and director of player personnel for the Hurricanes. His number 10 is retired at the XL Center.
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