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Ron Francis Hartford Whalers Sher-Wood Game Issued Stick
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Ron Francis Hartford Whalers Sher-Wood Game Issued Stick
Lot #652
This Sher-Wood PMP 5030 hockey stick was issued for use by Hall of Famer Ron Francis while playing for the Hartford Whalers. Francis began what would be a 23-year NHL career in 1981 with the Hartford 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.

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, 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 league’s 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.

This Sher-Wood hockey stick has the player name “Francis” stamped on the side. The stick is un-taped and shows no use. It is uncracked and in beautiful condition.