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2003-04 Ron Francis Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey - Alternate - Last Goal, Assist & Point - Last NHL Game - Video Match - NHL Letter
Lot #138

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2003-04 Ron Francis Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey - Alternate - Last Goal, Assist & Point - Last NHL Game - Video Match - NHL Letter
Lot #138

This striking white alternate air-knit and mesh gamer by Reebok was worn by Ron Francis during the 2003-04 NHL regular season and playoffs. The Hartford Whalers made Francis the 4th overall selection in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He began what would be a 23-year NHL career in 1981-82 with the Whalers, with whom he would play for the first 10 years of his career. He would later spend parts of 8 seasons in the Steel City, representing the Pittsburgh Penguins, before returning to the franchise where he began, albeit in a new location, the Carolina Hurricanes. At the trade deadline in Ron’s last year in the league, he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he spent the last 24 games of his career, 12 each in the regular season and playoffs.

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. He is 2nd on the all-time assists list trailing only the Great One in that category. His career totals are 549 goals and 1249 assists for 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 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.

It was a trade at the deadline in 1991 that sent Ron to the Penguins and proved the missing link that led to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles for the Steel City. His leadership qualities were never in doubt, having served as the Whalers Team Captain for 6 years prior to his trade to the Penguins. While in Pittsburgh, Francis would eventually inherit the Captain’s “C” from Mario Lemieux, quite an honor.

Offered here is Francis’ alternate from his brief time with the Maple Leafs. Francis wore this jersey for a total of 9 games, 3 times during the regular season games and then 6 more times in the playoffs. Ron scored his last NHL goal, assist and point while wearing this exact jersey. This was also the last jersey that Francis ever wore in an NHL game. It was during the 1st period of the Leafs final regular season game against the Ottawa Sentors that Francis netted his last ever NHL goal while wearing this sweater. In Ron’s final NHL game, game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers, he earned his final career assist and point while wearing this jersey. The game wear on this 2nd set size 54 alternate consists of a good number of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer and inner pilling. Shown above are video highlights of Francis wearing this exact jersey during the 2003-04 season. The video highlights show Francis scoring both of the goals that he netted as a Maple Leaf while wearing this sweater. The goal against Ottawa was his last ever NHL goal. Sewn to the inside hem is the official NHL game worn jersey tagging. Historic video matched offering that is Hall of Fame worthy, choice! This jersey will be accompanied by an NHL letter.