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Ron Francis One of a Kind Hockey Hall of Fame Tribute Goalie Mask Displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame Autographed Includes Shoot for the Cure Letter and COA Includes Gold Plate Which Also Hung in The Hockey Hall of Fame
Lot #688

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Ron Francis One of a Kind Hockey Hall of Fame Tribute Goalie Mask Displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame Autographed Includes Shoot for the Cure Letter and COA Includes Gold Plate Which Also Hung in The Hockey Hall of Fame
Lot #688

This beautiful painted goalie mask by Itech commemorates the induction of Ron Francis into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, as Ron was inducted along with Mark Messier, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis and Jim Gregory. 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 Hartford 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 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 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.

This Itech mask was uniquely painted by Mark Hart of Hart Designs and personally signed by Ron Francis. It hung proudly in the Hockey Hall of Fame from December 2007 until mid November 2008. The mask concentrates on Ron’s many achievements that paved his way for his Hockey Hall of Fame induction. On the chin is the Captains “C” exhibiting his leadership, his player #10 and the Hockey Hall of Fame logo, which continues onto the left side of the mask. Also, on the left side is the Penguins logo and “20+” commemorating the 20 seasons Ron had 20 or more Goals. On the right side is the Hurricanes logo. On his forehead, above the cage, are two Stanley Cups and Ron’s signature. On the top are Ron’s career Goal total “549” and his career Assist total “1249”. On the backplate it reads “Painted by Hart Designs”.



This mask, along with the masks made for Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis, were auctioned off on December 7, 2007, after they left the Hockey Hall of Fame. The proceeds of the auction went to “Shoot for a Cure”, a charity to benefit spinal cure research. Your purchase will include the mask and the gold name plate. This lot will be accompanied by a Shoot for the Cure Letter stating that the mask originally auctioned for $6125.00 in December of 2007 and a Shoot for the Cure COA.