Ron Francis, Broker

Career Summary

Ron Francis, a 23-year veteran of the National Hockey League and former General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, recently joined NAI Carolantic Realty. Mr. Francis will focus primarily on working with clients considering various commercial real estate investments and work in conjunction with Chairman, Steve Stroud, SIOR.


The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the first round, fourth overall, of the 1981 NHL Entry draft where he played for nearly ten seasons, serving as captain for almost six and setting nearly every offensive record in franchise history. Ron joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 where he spent seven full seasons before rejoining the organization that drafted him, the Carolina Hurricanes (who had moved from Hartford the previous season).

Ron retired in 2004 after 23 years in the NHL, playing in 1,731 NHL regular season games, scoring 549 goals and earning 1,249 assists for 1,798 points to rank him fourth all-time on the league’s points list behind Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. The Hurricanes officially retired Francis’ No. 10 jersey to the arena’s rafters on January 28, 2006 and on November 12, 2007, Ron was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

After his retirement from professional ice hockey, Ron re-joined the Carolina Hurricanes organization in a management capacity initially as the team’s Director of Player Development. He also served as Assistant General Manager, Director of Player Personnel, Director of Hockey Operations and ultimately Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected to the NHL All-Star Game in 1983, 1985, 1990 and 1996
  • Won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburg Penguins in 1991 and 1992
  • NHL Plus-Minus Award winner in 1995
  • Awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1995
  • Awarded the Lady Byng Trophy in 1995, 1998 and 2002
  • Awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2002
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2013

Community Involvement

  • Honorary Chair of Triangle Wine Experience benefitting The Frankie Lemmon School
  • Band Together benefitting Triangle Family Services