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Bobby Francis
Bobby Francis
Center
Number: 16
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175
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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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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