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.
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.
Francis, 50, is among 10 other inductees enshrined in the Hall of Fame’s 50th annual class.
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