Francis Becomes First Hockey Player Enshrined in NC Sports Hall of Fame

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Francis Becomes First Hockey Player Enshrined in NC Sports Hall of Fame
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The National Hockey League arrived in North Carolina in 1997. Ron Francis, one of hockey's all-time greats, followed a year later, becoming a pioneer for the sport in the state. Michael Smith Follow on Twitter Now, Francis, who serves as the vice president of hockey operations for the Carolina Hurricanes, is a pioneer for the sport in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, as he becomes the first hockey player to be inducted.

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