In December of 2008, Ron moved from the front office to behind the bench as the Carolina Hurricane's assistant coach.
Mr. Francis was elected to the NHL Hall of Fame on the first ballot on which he was eligable for selection.
He played in the NHL All-Star Game four times, in 1983, 1985, 1990 and 1996.
He officially retired from the NHL prior to the 2005-06 season.
The Carolina Hurricanes retired his number (#10) on 28 January 2006.
In 2002 he received the NHL's award for leadership and humanitarian service, called the "King Clancy Trophy".
He is one of only two players (the other being Gordie Howe) to score 50 or more points in 20 consecutive seasons.
He won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (NHL award for sportsmanship and conduct) three times, 1995, 1998 and in 2002.
Ron is the only Pittsburgh Penguins player ever to be awarded the NHL's Selke Trophy.
Even though he had his best years in Pittsburgh, winning two cups and leading the league in assists twice, he holds the Hartford/Carolina franchise's team records in most of the offensive categories.
He was hired, in November of 2006, as the Carolina Hurricanes' Director of Player Development.
He played 23 seasons in the NHL for Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto.
In 1995 he was given the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the best defensive forward in the league.
He was the 1st Round (4th overall) draft pick of the Hartford Whalers in the 1981 NHL Draft.
He has the second highest assist career total in NHL history, behind only Wayne Gretzky.
Ron was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 along with Ulf Samuelsson in a blockbuster trade that helped the Pens score their first ever Stanley Cup.
His name is etched on the Stanley Cup twice, as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins back-to-back championship teams in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
In January of 2006, his Whalers #10 jersey was raised at the Hartford Civic Center, even though the team had been moved and no NHL team plays in the building.
He won the NHL Plus/Minus award in 1995. It was then called the Alka-Seltzer Plus Award.
Ron and his wife Mary-Lou have three children.