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Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Hurricanes to retire Francis' jersey in January

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ron Francis' No. 10 jersey will be retired by the Carolina Hurricanes in January.

Francis won Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992 and helped the Hurricanes make a surprise run to the Cup finals in 2002. The four-time All-Star retired last month, ending a 23-year career in which he ranked among the NHL's career leaders in several categories.

"No ceremony could fully pay tribute to what Ron Francis meant to the Hurricanes organization and the National Hockey League,'' said Jim Rutherford, team president and general manager.

The Hurricanes plan to honor their 42-year-old former captain before the Jan. 28 game against Southeast Division rival Atlanta.

Francis is second to Wayne Gretzky with 1,249 assists, and ranks among the league's best with 1,731 games (third), 549 goals (19th) and 1,798 points (fourth). He is the Hurricanes' career leader in goals, assists and points.

Francis was a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, an award combining sportsmanship and skill.