The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they have signed general manager Ron Francis to a contract extension.
The 53-year-old Francis spent 16 seasons of his Hall of Fame playing career with the Hurricanes & Hartford Whalers franchise. Now Francis is entering his third season as general manager and 11th season with Hurricanes management.
Carolina Hurricanes Sign General Manager Ron Francis to Three-Year Contract Extension
Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos announced the move on Tuesday. The Carolina Hurricanes have extended general manager and executive vice president Ron Francis to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.
In a statement made to TheScore.com Karmanos said “Ron has rebuilt our organization the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out. I’m thrilled that he will continue to see the job through. The future is very bright for the Hurricanes in Carolina.”
Under Ron Francis’ guidance the Hurricanes have built a promising crop of young talent. This includes 2016 first round pick defenseman Jake Bean. Carolina’s promising pool of young players and prospects under Francis also includes Noah Hanifin, Teuvo Teravainen, Elias Lindholm, and Sebastian Aho.
RALEIGH, NC – APRIL 28: Ron Francis speaks as he is named the new general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes during a press conference at PNC Arena on April 28, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images)