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Ronnie Franchise officially retires

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Today, Ron Francis, former captain of the Hartford Whalers, officially retired. The most beloved sports athlete in Hartford history leaves behind him a great legacy: 2 Stanley Cups, 4th overall in points, 2nd overall in assists, 3rd overall in games played, and 19th overall in goals scored. His trade from the Whalers to the Penguins was the first domino in an effect that would end in the franchise moving in 1997. He also won the Lady Byng Trophy 4 times, awarded to the player exhibiting sportsmanship and gentlemanly play combined with playing ability. He was a 4 time All-Star, which also shows that he was the most under-rated player in NHL history. Good luck to Ron Francis in his life after hockey, and maybe he'll show up in Hartford someday if/when they hang a #10 above the ice in the Hartford Civic Center.....

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He'll always be the Whalers captain.

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Interesting factoid I just came across on a Whaler board...

The team used a Whale as their mascot (Pucky) in the WHA days and early NHL, but the name is actually WHAlers named after the WHA league.

All this time and I had no idea.

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I believe that changed once they got into the NHL....

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Ronnie was traded by the guy who wrecked the franchise --Eddie Johnson.

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I believe that was Eddie Johns"t"on. I wish, instead of forgetting the "t", we could forget him.

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