NHL

Francis named GM of expansion Seattle

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) Ron Francis has all kinds of eye-popping statistics attached to his Hall of Fame career. He averaged more than point a game, is second in NHL history in assists behind Wayne Gretzky and fifth in career points.

When CEO Tod Leiweke and the ownership group of the Seattle NHL expansion team looked at his playing resume, though, they were most impressed by another statistic: Francis was voted captain by three teams for 14 of his 23 years, first earning the role at age 21.

That leadership ability spurred them to hire Francis on Thursday as general manager of the yet-to-be-named team - well ahead of their schedule.

Read More...

Goals
Rank Player G
1 A. Ovechkin, Was51
2 L. Draisaitl, Edm50
3 J. Tavares, Tor47
4 S. Stamkos, TB45
5 P. Kane, Chi44
6t C. Atkinson, Cls41
6t A. DeBrincat, Chi41
6t N. Kucherov, TB41
6t N. MacKinnon, Col41
6t C. McDavid, Edm41
View Full Leaderboard
Save Percentage
Rank Player Sv%
1 B. Bishop, Dal.934
2 R. Lehner, NYI.930
3 J. Campbell, LA.928
4 J. Binnington, StL.927
5 T. Greiss, NYI.927
6 A. Vasilevskiy, TB.925
7 D. Kuemper, Ari.925
8 A. Khudobin, Dal.923
9 J. Halak, Bos.922
10 M. Murray, Pit.919
View Full Leaderboard