Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis named to NHL 100 Greatest Players list

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RALEIGH, N.C.  – As part of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) All-Star Weekend festivities taking place in Los Angeles, Calif., and in celebration of the league’s Centennial year, the The 100 Greatest Players list was fully revealed on Friday.

For Carolina Hurricanes fans, the selection of former players Ron Francis and Paul Coffey provided the local representation of the team that both Hall of Famers include on their career resumes.

The Hurricanes’ current executive vice president and general manager Francis and Coffey were part of the remaining 67 legends (1967-present) who joined the previously announced group of 33 players (predominantly from the League’s first 50 years, 1917-1966) that the league revealed on Jan. 1.

All 100 players were honored during the NHL 100 ceremony that took place at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Friday.

To read more on each honored player’s storied career, the league’s website ( includes full biographical details along with original video vignettes featuring rare footage as well as interviews with teammates, opponents, coaches and general managers.

100 Greatest NHL Players

SID ABEL (C, 1938-39/1953-54)*

BERNIE GEOFFRION (RW, 1950-51/1967-68)*

ANDY BATHGATE (RW, 1952-53/1970-71)*

GLENN HALL (G, 1952-53/1970-71)*

JEAN BELIVEAU (C, 1950-51/1970-71)*

DOUG HARVEY (D, 1947-48/1968-69)*

SYL APPS (C, 1936-37/1947-48)*

MAX BENTLEY (C, 1940-41/1953-54)*

TOE BLAKE (LW, 1934-35/1947-48)*

TIM HORTON (D, 1949-50/1973-74)*

GORDIE HOWE (RW, 1946-47/1979-80)*

JACQUES PLANTE (G, 1952-53/1972-73)*

JOHNNY BOWER (G, 1953-54/1969-70)*

TURK BRODA (G, 1936-37/1951-52)*

HENRI RICHARD (C, 1955-56/1974-75)*

JOHNNY BUCYK (LW, 1955-56/1977-78)*

MAURICE RICHARD (RW, 1942-43/1959-60)*

RED KELLY (D, 1947-48/1966-67)*

TED KENNEDY (C, 1942-43/1956-57)*

KING CLANCY (D, 1921-22/1936-37)*

DAVE KEON (C, 1960-61/1981-82)*

ELMER LACH (C, 1940-41/1953-54)*

CHARLIE CONACHER (RW, 1929-30/1940-41)*

TERRY SAWCHUK (G, 1949-50/1969-70)*

ALEX DELVECCHIO (C, 1950-51/1973-74)*

MILT SCHMIDT (C, 1936-37/1954-55)*

EDDIE SHORE (D, 1926-27/1939-40)*

BILL DURNAN (G, 1943-44/1949-50)*

TED LINDSAY (LW, 1944-45/1964-65)*

FRANK MAHOVLICH (LW, 1956-57/1973-74)*

DICKIE MOORE (LW, 1951-52/1967-68)*

HOWIE MORENZ (C, 1923-24/1936-37)*

GEORGES VEZINA (G, 1917-18/1925-26)*

ADAM OATES (C, 1985-86/2003-04)

WAYNE GRETZKY (C, 1979-80/1998-99)

BOBBY ORR (D, 1966-67/1978-79)

ALEX OVECHKIN (LW, 2005-06/Present)

BERNIE PARENT (G, 1965-66/1978-79)

DOMINIK HASEK (G, 1990-91/2007-08)

BRAD PARK (D, 1968-69/1984-85)

GILBERT PERREAULT (C, 1970-71/1986-87)

MIKE BOSSY (RW, 1977-78/1986-87)

RAY BOURQUE (D, 1979-80/2000-01)

BOBBY HULL (LW, 1957-58/1979-80)

DENIS POTVIN (D, 1973-74/1987-88)

BRETT HULL (RW, 1986-87/2005-06)

CHRIS PRONGER (D, 1993-94/2011-12)

JAROMIR JAGR (RW, 1990-91/Present)

JEAN RATELLE (C, 1960-61/1980-81)

MARTIN BRODEUR (G, 1991-92/2014-15)

PATRICK KANE (RW, 2007-08/Present)

DUNCAN KEITH (D, 2005-06/Present)

PAVEL BURE (RW, 1991-92/2002-03)

LARRY ROBINSON (D, 1972-73/1991-92)

CHRIS CHELIOS (D, 1983-84/2009-10)

LUC ROBITAILLE (LW, 1986-87/2005-06)

PATRICK ROY (G, 1984-85/2002-03)

BOBBY CLARKE (C, 1969-70/1983-84)

JARI KURRI (RW, 1980-81/1997-98)

JOE SAKIC (C, 1988-89/2008-09)

PAUL COFFEY (D, 1980-81/2000-01)

BORJE SALMING (D, 1973-74/1989-90)

GUY LAFLEUR (RW, 1971-72/1990-91)

DENIS SAVARD (C, 1980-81/1996-97)

YVAN COURNOYER (RW, 1963-64/1978-79)

PAT LAFONTAINE (C, 1983-84/1997-98)

SERGE SAVARD (D, 1966-67/1982-83)

SIDNEY CROSBY (C, 2005-06/Present)

BRIAN LEETCH (D, 1987-88/2005-06)

PAVEL DATSYUK (C, 2001-02/2015-16)

JACQUES LEMAIRE (C, 1967-68/1978-79)

MARIO LEMIEUX (C, 1984-85/2005-06)

TEEMU SELANNE (RW, 1992-93/2013-14)

MARCEL DIONNE (C, 1971-72/1988-89)

NICKLAS LIDSTROM (D, 1991-92/2011-12)

BRENDAN SHANAHAN (LW, 1987-88/2008-09)

KEN DRYDEN (G, 1970-71/1978-79)

ERIC LINDROS (C, 1992-93/2006-07)

DARRYL SITTLER (C, 1970-71/1984-85)

PHIL ESPOSITO (C, 1963-64/1980-81)

AL MACINNIS (D, 1981-82/2003-04)

BILLY SMITH (G, 1971-72/1988-89)

TONY ESPOSITO (G, 1968-69/1983-84)

PETER STASTNY (C, 1980-81/1994-95)

SERGEI FEDOROV (C, 1990-91/2008-09)

MARK MESSIER (C, 1979-80/2003-04)

SCOTT STEVENS (D, 1982-83/2003-04)

PETER FORSBERG (C, 1994-95/2010-11)

STAN MIKITA (C, 1958-59/1979-80)

MATS SUNDIN (C, 1990-91/2008-09)

RON FRANCIS (C, 1981-82/2003-04)

MIKE MODANO (C, 1988-89/2010-11)

JONATHAN TOEWS (C, 2007-08/Present)

GRANT FUHR (G, 1981-82/1999-00)

BRYAN TROTTIER (C, 1975-76/1993-94)

BOB GAINEY (LW, 1973-74/1988-89)

MIKE GARTNER (RW, 1979-80/1997-98)

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER (D, 1991-92/2009-10)

STEVE YZERMAN (C, 1983-84/2005-06)

JOE NIEUWENDYK (C, 1986-87/2006-07)

  • Part of first group of 33 players announced Jan. 1