Pot-smoking Mountie ruled fit to stand trial for assault

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Canada's pot-smoking Mountie was found fit to stand trial Monday on charges he assaulted a colleague, and his attorney said he'll plead not guilty.

Court hearing coming up for mountie who uses medical marijuana

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Psychiatric testing of a Canadian Mountie charged with assault may have been meant to keep him from talking about his medical marijuana use, his lawyer says.

Canadian Mountie who smoked marijuana in uniform accused of assault

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A Canadian Mountie who gained widespread attention last month when photographed smoking medicinal marijuana in uniform is charged with assaulting a colleague.

Report: Ex-Rocket Francis accused of grope

HOUSTON, July 23 (UPI) -- A singer alleges that former NBA player Ron Francis pawed her during an encounter at his record-label office in Texas last year.
Hurricanes give Maurice 3-year deal

Hurricanes give Maurice 3-year deal

RALEIGH, N.C., June 16 (UPI) -- Paul Maurice has signed a three-year deal to coach the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced Monday.
Carolina Hurricanes fire coach Laviolette

Carolina Hurricanes fire coach Laviolette

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford announced Wednesday coach Peter Laviolette has been replaced by former coach Paul Maurice.

NHL: Anaheim 2, Phoenix 1

GLENDALE, Ariz., March 23 (UPI) -- Teemu Selanne had two goals Saturday night, including the 550th of his NHL career, to lead the Anaheim Ducks past Phoenix 2-1.

Messier leads Hockey Hall of Fame class

TORONTO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Mark Messier, the NHL's second-leading scorer of all time, headed the 2007 Hockey Hall of Fame class inducted Monday.

Messier leads NHL Hall of Fame class

TORONTO, June 28 (UPI) -- Six-time Stanley Cup-winner Mark Messier Thursday highlighted the National Hockey League's 2007 class of inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

NHL: Carolina 4, Atlanta 1

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Erik Cole's led the way with his 20th goal of the season Saturday as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-1.

Scott Stevens retires after 22 NHL seasons

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Scott Stevens, who captained the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cup titles, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Lightning re-signs Andreychuk

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday re-signed veteran captain Dave Andreychuk to a two-year contract.

NHL: Toronto 2, Ottawa 0

OTTAWA, April 12 (UPI) -- Ed Belfour's second shutout and Mats Sundin first goal of the series gave Toronto a 2-0 win over Ottawa Monday in Game Three of the East quarterfinals.

NHL: Toronto 2, Buffalo 0

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 2 (UPI) -- Ed Belfour tied a career high with his ninth shutout Friday night as Toronto extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 2-0 blanking of Buffalo.

NHL: Ottawa 2, Toronto 2 (OT)

TORONTO, March 27 (UPI) -- Bryan McCabe scored with 10:34 left in the third period Saturday as Toronto rallied for a 2-2 tie with Ottawa that had a key injury on both teams.
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Ron Francis
PIT97111902 - 20 NOVEMBER 1997 - PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, USA: (L TO R) Pittsburgh Penguins Tom Barrasso, Jaromir Jagr, and Ron Francis presents Mario Lemieux with a gift on behalf of the players of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the ceremony in the Pittsburgh Civic Arena to retire his #66. .UPI ac/Archie Carpenter

Ronald Michael Francis, Jr. (born March 1, 1963) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 23 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. He now serves as the associate head coach and director of player personnel for the Hurricanes.

Francis was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in round 1 (fourth overall) of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He was a model of consistency and durability, averaging more than a point a game in over 1700 games in 23 seasons, and (not counting the lockout-shortened 1994–95 season) averaging just under 77 games played a season. His three Lady Byng Trophies attest to his gentlemanly conduct on and off the ice. Francis stands second all-time in career assists behind Wayne Gretzky with 1,249, fourth in career points (1,798), third in games played (1,731), and twenty-first in career goals (549).

Francis played almost ten seasons with the Whalers, serving as captain for almost six and setting nearly every offensive record in franchise history. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 4, 1991 with Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings, in exchange for Jeff Parker, Zarley Zalapski, and John Cullen. The trade became a coup for Pittsburgh, where he centred a formidable second line behind Mario Lemieux, as the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup less than three months later. Francis was indispensable the following year, as Pittsburgh repeated as champions, in leading the team during the absence of Lemieux in the 1992 playoffs – and in scoring the Cup-clinching goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. At the same time, it is considered to be one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history (though The Hockey News suggested that Hartford had gotten the better end of the trade at the time),; the players Hartford acquired never approached the numbers or impact Francis produced there or with Pittsburgh. Francis would spend seven seasons in Pittsburgh, captaining the team twice, and becoming the first Penguin to win the Selke Trophy in 1995.

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