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Bobby Francis
Bobby Francis
Center
Number: 16
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175
Shoots:
Born: Dec 5, 1958
Birthplace: North Battleford, SK, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Calgary for the rights to Yves Courteau on December 2, 1982.
Bobby Francis was a skilled center who played 14 games with the Detroit Red Wings in 1982-83. Although his NHL tenure was relatively short, his career as an amateur and in the minor leagues was impressive. By playing hockey professionally, the young pivot followed in the footsteps of his famous father Emile "The Cat" Francis.

Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Francis excelled in the New York City metro league with the Brooklyn Stars and Bronx Shamrocks. In 1975-76 he led the Northeastern League with 74 assists while playing for the Beawick Vikings. Francis enrolled at the University of New Hampshire in 1976 and became a scoring star there in his junior and senior years.

On October 27, 1980, Francis signed his first NHL contract with the Calgary Flames. He split the 1980-81 season with the CHL's Birmingham Bulls and the Muskegon Mohawks of the "I". He enjoyed his finest pro season in 1981-82 when he led the CHL with 114 points while playing for the Oklahoma City Stars. Following that season he was chosen the league's top rookie and named to its first all-star team. The next year he scored 20 goals in 26 games before receiving a call from the Detroit Red Wings.

After a fine year with the Colorado Flames of the CHL in 1983-84, Francis played three seasons in the IHL with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles. In 1987 he retired after helping the Golden Eagles win the Turner Cup.

In 1987-88, Francis remained with Salt Lake as an assistant coach for two seasons and head coach another four before joining the AHL's Saint John Flames in 1993-94. After Saint John Francis was hired as head coach of the AHL's Providence Bruins before joining the Boston Bruins in the summer of 1997. Francis went on to spend two seasons as an assistant coach in Boston before accepting the head coaching position with the Phoenix Coyotes in 99-2000, a position he held up until the latter stages of the 2003-04 season. In only his third season as head coach of the Coyotes, Francis captured the Jack Adams Award.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80