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1997-98 Ron Francis Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #96

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1997-98 Ron Francis Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #96

This road black air-knit gamer by Starter was worn by Ron Francis during the 1997-98 NHL season. The Hartford Whalers selected Francis with the 4th overall pick in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Francis began what would be a 23-year NHL career in 1981 with the Whalers, his home for 9 seasons. A trade in 1990-91 sent Ron to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played for 8 years and won a pair of Stanley Cups. In 1998-99, Francis returned to the franchise where it all began, albeit in a new location in Carolina and spent 6 seasons with the Hurricanes before finishing up his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

During his career, Ron assaulted the NHL’s record books and retired as the 4th all-time leading scorer in NHL history behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. Ron remains second on the all-time assists list trailing only the Great One in that category. His career totals include 549 goals, 1249 assists and 1798 points. Francis won 3-Stanley Cups, the first two coming with the Pittsburgh Penguins and his last coming with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ron played in 4 NHL All Star games and his hardware includes the Frank Selke Trophy for the leagues best defensive forward, 3 Lady Byng Trophies which is awarded to the player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability, the Alka-Seltzer plus minus award and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community. A historic trade at the deadline in 1991 sent Ron to the Penguins and proved the missing link that immediately led to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in the Steel City. His leadership qualities were never in doubt and Francis would eventually inherit the Captain’s “C” from Mario Lemieux.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. Penned on the collar tag in black sharpie are Ron’s player #10 and “C”. The game wear on this size 54 alternate is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops and loads of pilling. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Francis wearing this exact jersey during the 1997-98 season. Ron wore this sweater during his last season in Pittsburgh and put up an impressive 87 points in 81 games. He finished 4th in the NHL in assists with 62 and his 87 points were good for 5th in the NHL scoring race that season. A terrific well-worn photo matched example, complete with the coveted letter of honor and hailing from Francis’ last season with the Penguins, choice!