Emile Francis Death – Former Rangers CEO Passed Away, Cause Of Death

Emile Francis Death - Former Rangers CEO Passed Away, Cause Of Death

Emile Francis Death – Former Rangers CEO Passed Away, Cause Of Death: The Rangers team confirmed the news on Twitter. He is 95 years old. Rangers GM and coach Emile Francis cuts a cake after the Blueshirts clinched a playoff spot in 1969. Unfortunately, New York’s Stanley Cup aspirations never materialized that year #Hockey365 #NYR

Rangers GM and coach Emile Francis cuts a cake after the Blueshirts clinched a playoff spot in 1969. Unfortunately, New York’s Stanley Cup aspirations never materialized that year #Hockey365 #NYR
Rangers GM and coach Emile Francis cuts a cake after the Blueshirts clinched a playoff spot in 1969. Unfortunately, New York’s Stanley Cup aspirations never materialized that year #Hockey365 #NYR

Francis had a lackluster career as a goaltender in the National Hockey League (NHL), appearing in 95 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Rangers. However, it was when he traded his clothes for a tie that he left his mark on the Big Apple.

Coaching the Rangers from 1965 to 1975, Francis led his team to nine straight playoff appearances and one appearance in the 1972 Stanley Cup Final.

“Legend, leader, pioneer and unique presence. Emile Francis will be missed,” the New York group tweeted.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bateman also responded in a statement:

“He stood out in New York as a builder and teacher. He was instrumental in developing such legends as Rod Gilbert, Jean Rattle and Brad Parker.”

Francis was known as the general manager of the New York Rangers from 1964 to 1976 and reached the NHL semifinals for four consecutive seasons, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1972. He also coached the team for parts of 10 seasons with 342 and 34 playoff wins, and the Rangers are the all-time leader in regular-season wins with 342 and 34. Francis also worked in Hartford and St. Louis before retiring in 1993.

Francis played nearly 100 games in Chicago and New York from 1947 to 1952 before turning to management.

In 1982, Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder while working for the St. Louis Blues.

Outside of hockey, Francis coached and managed the North Battleford Beavers baseball team and won six Western Canadian Championships in the 1960s.

“I mourn the loss of my dear friend Emile Francis,” Rangers Lieutenant Governor Glenn Souther said in a team statement. “I had the privilege of playing for Emile, training with him and working with him as the general manager of the league. I have always admired Emile’s passion and dedication, he is one of the true characters in our game. I want to say a lot to everyone Deepest condolences to those who knew and loved Amir.

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