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01-07-2013, 04:43 PM
Gotta Catch Em Staal
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Ron Francis to be Inducted into NC Sports Hall of Fame

Ron Francis came to the Carolina Hurricanes to help establish major-league hockey in a Southern market. He not only did that during his playing career, leading the Canes to the 2002 Stanley Cup final, but has made North Carolina his home.

On Monday, Francis received word that he would be inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first hockey player named to the hall. The induction ceremonies will be held May 2 in Raleigh.

"I came here to play and to sell the sport, then settled here and now have had this tremendous honor bestowed on me," Francis said Monday. "It's very exciting.

"I've benefited from a lot of other people's hard work to be the first hockey player selected. I'm sure there will soon be a few others knocking on the door."
I've been banging the drum about this for years. It is embarrassing to go into the Hall of Fame at the NC History Museum and see some of the most random people and random sports there but NO HOCKEY. Next up, Brind'Amour and Wesley.

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