Ron Francis Known to Whalers' fans as Ronny Franchise, Francis played in Hartford from 1981 to 1991. Francis still holds the franchise's career record for points (1175), goals (382) and assists (793). Francis was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991. He returned to the organization a year after the Whalers moved to North Carolina in 1998, signing as a free agent. He won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Penguins in 1991 and 1992. He was the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2002 when they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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