Francis most recently held the same position with the Carolina Hurricanes from April 2014 until 2018, when he was fired by the relocated franchise that previously called Hartford its home.
Francis brings a winning pedigree along with him. He won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and served as captain of the Hartford Whalers, Penguins and Hurricanes.
A 2007 Hockey Hall-of-Fame inductee, he amassed career totals of 1,798 points and is a member of the de facto 500-goal club with a total of 549.
With the hire, the Seattle franchise will begin its preparation for the 2021-22 season with a proven leader at the helm. The two-year time frame allows for plenty of time to build some roots and become competitive from the drop of the first puck.
Seattle hopes it can duplicate what the Vegas Golden Knights did in their inaugural season.
The team captured the hearts of a nation following a horrific tragedy and won the Pacific Division, Western Conference and eventually lost the Stanley Cup Final to the Washington Capitals.
Seattle will play its home games in a new arena located at the world-famous Seattle Center.
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