Ron Francis: Hurricanes' Quest for the Cup

Ron Francis, whose jersey was retired by the Hurricanes earlier this year after a 23-year hockey career, will blog exclusively for WRAL.com about the 'Canes bid for the Stanley Cup.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

CANES WIN!!!

Great Job! It was a great job by the Canes to come back and play the type of game that made them so successful all year. It was a great job by all of you to make that building as loud as it was and give the guys a huge lift. Before I go any farther, I want to say great job by the Oilers, what a great series they played, and to their fans, what a class act. I hope the Oiler fans and the Canes fans have started a new tradition of singing both countries National Anthems, man was that beautiful to watch. To all of you that stuck with the team even when it looked like the ship was starting to go down, congrats, you were rewarded for your loyalty tonight. For those of you that jumped off, its okay, we'll throw you a rope so you can get back on board. I was extremely disappointed when we didn't win in 2002 for 2 reasons. One, I really wanted the Cup to come to Raleigh and its great fans. And, two, I never got to tailgate with any of you outside the rink. Well, I am happy to say that after tonight, I got to spend some time in the parking lot with y'all and also watch the Cup come to Raleigh. What a great night! Great for the Hurricane organization. Great for city of Raleigh. Great for all the players and staff to be able to accomplish a dream. Great for all of you to experience what I think is the greatest trophy presentation in professional sports. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end at some point. This is my last blog. I can honestly tell you that when I was asked to do the blog, I wasn't quit sure what a blog was. For a guy who hunts and pecks on the keyboard, it was at sometimes difficult, but overall I really enjoyed you letting me express my thoughts and views on the games. I also enjoyed reading a lot of your responses and from all different parts of the world. To Ken in Iraq, thanks again for all you and your comrades are doing to keep our country safe, and to the rest of you bloggers out there, THANK YOU for letting me be a part of the fun.

102 Comments:

  • At 6/20/2006 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wooooooo! What a ride! Congrats to Edmonton for pushing the series to the limit and kudos to their fun, classy fans. Y'all come visit anytime!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:12 AM, Anonymous John O'Connor said…

    Ron, my wife wore your jersey for her first playoff game ever tonight and we won. How appropriate - thanks for leading this team by your class act, example and character, you paved the way for this to happen and we thank you and don't forget it - ever.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank Ron for writing you throughs of the games. Congrats to the Edmontnon for a great series. To the fan of the Edmonton what a class act. Congrats to the Canes on wining Cup on home ice. The game was great to watch

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you so much Ron for doing this blog for all of us who love the canes! Your insight was much appreciated by us and we are certainly glad that you were with us all along the way and able to be with us in the building tonight as we rocked the house! What a great season! Thank you to the 'canes, you have made alot of our dreams come true tonight! You guys deserve all the rich rewards...have fun celebrating!

    GO CANES!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:17 AM, Anonymous Michelle said…

    WOO HOO!!! Ron, first off, thank you for all of your wonderful insight! It was greatly appreciated!

    I didn't have a ticket, but I did go the RBC Center and watched the game from the tent. We were loud out there as well!

    Congrats to all! They played a great game and the Oiler fans were great to have here! I welcome them anytime to come back and visit! I learned the Canadian National Anthem during this series and sung it for each game!

    Again, way to go guys!!! We'll be at the party tomorrow!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:19 AM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    As I said in my blog, to who OR whatever hammered into the Canes' heads that they must play a complete 60 minutes: THANK YOU!!

    That said, the Canes could not have closed out any better than they did. Quite the statement made by them to end the season AND playoffs.

    Speaking of closing out...wow, these playoffs and the time I have spent here *really* prove how time flies when one is having a ton of fun.

    I want to thank WRAL for giving Mr. Francis the opportunity to blog AND spend online times with all of us crazy Caniacs.

    As one of Mr. Francis' largest fans (I.E. very much an admitted nut for the man), I also want to thank him for taking on that very opportunity. I wish you, your family, and everyone else nothing but the absolute best, Mr. Francis. :)

    Once again, thank you so much! :D

    Oh, *raises her Stanley Cup-shaped champagne glass* and here's to all of us knowing AND experiencing what the jazz is all about. Cheers!! :D

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:19 AM, Anonymous Sharon S. said…

    Woohoo!!

    Like I said - Faith is Infectious!

    To those of you who counted them out - I forgive you, but I hope you learned a valuable lesson from all this.

    NEVER GIVE UP!!!

    I am one happy hockey fan!

    Ok, now - someone said something about a Speedo on Capital Blvd??

    Canes - THANK YOU! It was one hell of a ride and it had a FANTASTIC ending! Enjoy your time with The Cup!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:19 AM, Blogger Bill Daniels said…

    Ron - thank you for taking your time to write this blog - please bring it back next season - you'll learn to type faster than you think ;o)

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:21 AM, Blogger dave's wings said…

    NAYSAYERS BE GONE!!! From a fan of a former Stanley Cup Champion let me welcome all the Caniacs to the promised land of fanship. They played the game as expected tonight by this bystander..physical and goals from the defense. I thought Commodore was going to be the differnce but Kaberle and Ward (former Cup Champ with Det.) had the tallies. As expected Cam played like the Conn Smyth player I expected him to be and the whole team responded...especially their Captain who led the way by taking the body first. And last for Coach Lavs for making all the right moves all year long. I told my Boss Ted after Game 6..its just like '94 when the Rangers had the stranglehold. It's all in the Bag. Game 7 goes to the home team all the time. No different tonight and despite Barry "Mullet" Melrose trying to curse you fans and team, the Canes Capture the ultimate prize. Thanks Ronnie and WRAL for opening this oppurtunity for all fans of the NHL to type in their comments and opinions. Class act you are Mr. Francis and class organization here in Raleigh. Till next year hopefully I'll be in the building for a Game 7 Wings vs Canes. Dave H Wings Fan in Raleigh, Rooting for the home town team. P.S Who think Coach had the team watching Slapshot Around 10:00 this morning?? WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you Ron for your thoughts and insight! Your perspective was so valuable, especially after tough losses.

    Thank you to Edmonton and their fans for showing us that you can support the opposition and still have class.

    Go Canes!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you Ron for your thoughts and insight! Your perspective was so valuable (and reassuring), especially after tough losses.

    Thank you to Edmonton and their fans for showing us that you can support the opposition and still have class.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:22 AM, Blogger Laura said…

    Thank you, Ron, for keeping me afloat. I posted a link to your previous blog entry on lots of other Cane blogs to keep everyone's spirits up. You were my inspiration for Game 7, and you said it best. Thank you for setting the tone for our team. We owe you the franchise!!! Thank you!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a dream come true for such great players and a great hockey club! Game 7 was everything it was meant to be - memories to last a lifetime! And to the Oilers and their fans -- kudos all around; you are a class act. Our guys really did do "whatever it takes" and now we know why you work so hard all year for that home ice advantage! Wooooooooooo!
    And thank you, Ron - you're the best!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:25 AM, Blogger NCHurricanes said…

    I must say that being at the RBC Center tonight was without a doubt one of the most incredible experiences of my life! I was so proud of the team and the way that they played. They are definitely a championship team! Congratulations to Edmonton as well! It was a great series and I was most impressed with the Oilers fas that shook my hand and congratulated me as I left the arena... definitely a class act!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:33 AM, Blogger canesguy said…

    I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE! What a glorious evening. Being with a couple of thousand Caniacs in the south lawn tent was almost as good as being in the RBC itself. Winning Game 7 was that much sweeter than if we had won Game 5 or 6 because all the national pundits had given us up for dead. I think the Oilers bought into all that hype a little too much and truly thought they had it in the bag. There was one famous quote (I forget whether it was from MacTavish or one of the Oiler players) to the effect that "Now we have them (the Canes) right where we want them." The best possible example of be careful what you wish for.
    True Caniacs did not give up because the Canes never give up. How many times this season were we written off as a flash in the pan by the national and Canadian media.
    As for some of the bloggers who were quick to jump ship and declare the Canes' demise (some in rather crude fashion), they have a lot of crow to eat. Will we actually see a guy in a speedo on Capitol Boulevard - probably not.
    We won, we won far and square, we beat a truly excellent goalie who after getting his legs in Game 2 played at least as well, if not better, than Rolli would have. The Canes are STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS in every sense of the word.
    Finally, thank you Ron for this blog and for all you mean to Caniacs everywhere. Your appreciation night was for me one of the greatest highlights of our wonderful season. I will never forget your adoring fans chanting "Ronnie - Francis" over and over again. We love you Ronnie and we always will.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:35 AM, Blogger SFC Ken said…

    First of all, thanks Mr. Francis for doing this blog, everyone who particpated really appreciates it very much.

    The Canes did it, just like we knew they would, they came out and played 60 minutes of hockey and were rewarded for it.

    Oh how I wish I could have been there. I bet people are still in the stands savoring North Carolinas very first mjor league chmpionship.

    The palyers were great all year long, coaches, Mr. Rutherford, and Mr. Karmonus too, they put this team together.

    To the Oiler fans, we know you're hurting. Your team had the Canes on the ropes and just missed winning. A #8 seed going this far in the playoffs was amazing to see. And I for one was very happy to see them rip Detroit apart. The Oiler fans have nothing to be ashamed of. And we'd be happy to have you back anytime.

    On a personal note, again thanks for the support for all military serving over here. Like the Canes, we don't getmuch favorable press, but we know most people support us, and we apprciate it.

    You Caniacs go out and party, enjoy the parade tomorrow, but please, be safe too.

    Thanks again Mr. Francis

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:36 AM, Anonymous jeff watson said…

    Thanks for your comments and your example to the fans over the years you played for the Canes. The groundwork you laid set the stage for the Canes to win the Cup last night. I only wish my dear friend Brian could have lived to see this moment. He went to a number of games during the 2002 run for the Cup. He passed away February 2003 waiting for a heart transplant that did not arrive. All I can say is "Go, Canes and keep on going." I cannot wait for next year.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:48 AM, Anonymous Todd said…

    First to the Oil: congratulations on a great run, a gritty team, and a gloriously rabid fan base. Our good fortune and victory tonight was made all the more meaningful because it was against the Oilers. They have a class organization and a wonderful tradition..the things we are building here in NC.

    To the CANES... THANKS for stepping up tonight and doing "whatever it takes." We know you laid it all on the ice and we could not be more proud of you. We will not foget this moment and our collective accomplishment.

    And to you Ron - thank you for your historical role in helping building the foundation here that led to this moment. More importantly, thank you for being a great person and ambassador for the sport, the CANES, and our region.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron, You are one of the best

    I for one, consider you one of our canes. So, I want to say: Congrats to you too!!! And thank you for all you've done throughout the years

    Wow!!!!!!! I'm loving it!!

    Go canes!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 2:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a great win tonight!!! I've probably lost my voice for the next week or so, but it was worth it. Ron: You are such a big reason for why hockey has taken root in Carolina. You treated us to a fantastic run in 2002, and I've been a season ticket holder and die-hard Caniac ever since. While we would have loved to have you out on the ice for this fantastic playoff run, it's great to see you're still a part of it.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 2:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As a long time fan and season ticket holder, I was heartbroken after Saterday but still kept hope. I cried tears of joy seeing everyone take turns raising the cup. This was overdue and well deserved. I wished you were there with them. Edmonton put up a good run. Thanks to them for making this an exciting series to watch.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 2:26 AM, Blogger Robin said…

    WOW!! I was there and still can't believe what I saw!! I, along with all of you had wished that tonight would go our way... and boy did it!

    I as well want to send a shout out to all the Edmonton Fans that came through my door (Slow South) at the arena the past series and hung out with me at the "Deck". You are all truly wonderful people that show what team spirit and humanity are all about. Thank you for being a part of our Caniac Nation!

    Congrats Team for a Fantastic Run!! You have made us all proud!

    In Caniac & Whaler's Spirit....

     
  • At 6/20/2006 2:52 AM, Blogger iBm said…

    Ron - thanks for sharing all your thoughts and emotions. We appreciated you on the ice and we will always appreciate you as a person.

    Edmonton played a great game - their fans loyal and were a class act.

    To our Canes....well done! It was totally awesome seeing them win the Stanley Cup. A "TEAM" that truly deserved!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 3:18 AM, Anonymous Joe Sullivan said…

    To Ron Francis, a class athletic sportsman for your conduct through the years. I know the Hurricanes will be the same. Been to one Charlotte Checkers game in the 1950s and enjoyed that. Still don't know the game except I enjoyed it and followed the ups and downs; thank goodness mostly ups, during the year and playoffs. And to all the players, families, coaches and families and management, thanks for letting me enjoy the 2006 editiion on national television; there will be more.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 3:21 AM, Anonymous LAC said…

    What a special night it was, and the best game I ever saw. The Canes, fans, and you Ron have broken new ground in this sport. The Fans singing of Canada's National Anthem so loudly was really touching, as was the participation of the families in the award ceremony. None of us will forget Kevin Adams crying on his dad's shoulder. It made my wife cry also. What we have longed to see through the years good and bad transpired before our eyes tonight. Myself along with i'm sure many others reading these pages believe that your name will be etched in that cup in spirit, as you played a significant role in the long chain of events culminating with the cup being hoisted by our Canes tonight at the RBC. I hope you will remain visible in the Hockey community in this area for many years to come. God Bless.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 3:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    CONGRATS TO THE CANES!!!!! And thank you so much Ron for posting the blog, I read it after every game just to see what I may have missed!! And WONDERFUL edmonton fans!! PLEASE COME VISIT!! I enjoyed every edmonton fan I met, they were a class act. I have nothing to say about Sabres fans, but yall didn't think we could do it and after all of your whining....WE DID IT!!! Alright, I'm done ranting and now its time to party and celebrate!!! EVERYONE ROCK YOUR CANES GEAR!!! I KNOW I WILL!!! LOVE YOU CANIACS!!! GO CANES!!! WOOHOO

     
  • At 6/20/2006 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WOW! The Canes believed. As I said before, "Our time, Our terf, Our Stanley Cup". Wow. The look on Rod's face couldn't have been more precious.

    What a ride! I will miss this blog.

    Thanks Ron! Sheila in Sanford

     
  • At 6/20/2006 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It was 4am, just like any other day in iraq, except for the next few hours the streets were quiet. The bombing, the IED’s The VBIED’s and even suicide bombers waiting to explode stood still. Why you ask…..The Carolina hurricanes were on the brink of greatness. After losing the last two games, and with the momentum shifting to Edmunton the hurricanes came screaming into the RBC Center to set the record straight, "their going the distance…their going for speed"; and unlike after hurricane Katrina this stadium, this sanctuary….the RBC Center stood a rocking because the hurricane had come from the inside and busted out!!!! Much to the chagrin of the Oilers…..The canes would not be denied and so the CUP runnith over with the pride of Raleigh North Carolina beaming. Seriously, I sleep through the whole thing I heard is was good though…..Just kidding.. I watched this entire series actually all of them and I never left the wagon...I sat in the front as to not be denied. These guys played awesome and deserve all the Best So to them I say thanks for a great series and bringing the Cup to North Carolina where it belongs!!!!!


    "Brian From Iraq"

     
  • At 6/20/2006 6:11 AM, Blogger Mikeyusmc said…

    What a great series and an awesome moment to see Brind'amour lift the Cup for the first time. I was so happy but nervous to see Cole on the ice. What a good 2 games he played though. I can't wait for the parade and celebration tomorrow. I'll see you there.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I watched the series last time when Detroit snuffed out our dream of a cup for the Canes! It almost looked like the same could happen until last night when the Canes played once again with unbeleivable ability: tight passing, effective penalty killing, unbelievable puck handling,unbeatable goal tending,endying energy,nonstop digging for the puck, and great sportsmanship!A Canadian Cane.Thanks Ron for the encouragement and reflections.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 6:46 AM, Blogger HurricanesAngel said…

    The fat lady has sung... I knew it would happen. I never gave up on the Canes! Everyone played with hunger last night and they won the most gracious prize of all. I couldn't be more excited for Cam Ward. What a wonderful role model for our youth today. YaY CANES! Thanks for all the blogging Ron. Coming here was one of my morning rituals. I shall miss it as I shall miss the Canes on ice until the new season begins! To all the fans who believed and didn't jump ship early... Congratulations and thanks for being true Caniacs!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 7:12 AM, Blogger Dan Robins said…

    Ron...thank you for your insights into the game. I hope we get to see and hear from you in the future. Hope you even have plans to become a coach some day... you certainly know the game.

    CANES--- THANK YOU for bring the first ever championship team to the Old North State. You guys rock!

    This Caniac in Ohio has much to be grateful for today!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 7:19 AM, Blogger Rick said…

    What a glorious ending to an awesome story! I felt like I was watching one of those old John Wayne westerns: the story of intregrity, dedication, honesty and hard work get rewarded with victory! Praise God! I was so happy to see the Canes come out physical (can I say, I TOLD YOU SO!)even more physical than any other game in the playoffs! Believe it or not, I think the tone if not the outcome of this game (and of course the Stanley Cup) was determined the first 10 seconds: when Brind'Amour pounded Torres into the boards! Then, a few seconds later Torres was knocked into next week! This was a bold statement and I think got the attention of Edmonton. Instead of being intimidated, the Canes were the INTIMIDATORS! Amen. That's Canes Hockey! And just like in the old western movie, the good guy gets the girl (substitute Cup) and rides off into the sunset...at least until October! Thanks Ron for the awesome blog and providing us amateurs a chance to do some serious "coaching"! And thank God for His blessing and favor upon our Carolina Hurricanes!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 7:29 AM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    Well,Ron,-they did it!!! I type this(at an estimated 15 words per minute) on not nearly enough sleep ! I've been clicking from channel to channel like a proud owner ,as if I had something to do with it !! I did stop as many pucks as Cam did -with no pads(and no pucks)
    I've so enjoyed this year's playoffs - and I may never blog again ,but I've really enjoyed being a small cog in your feedback line-up. Thanks for letting me tag along for the ride! Humor me -did you hear the cheer when you listened real closely last night ?
    I thought so !
    Let's do it again next year !! And if you're ever in Cape Breton..... The Cdn.Con

     
  • At 6/20/2006 7:55 AM, Blogger nchurricane1 said…

    RON>>> Thanks so very much for being part of this entire very happy trip!! Your insights and just the fact you took the time to work this blog are appreciated. Can't wait until next year!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 7:55 AM, Blogger martina said…

    Ron Francis,
    Thanks for keeping us focused on the prize when it looked bleak. Always upbeat and optimistic.

    To the Canes, thanks for the best game ever, showing what teammanship is all about, and receiving the Cup when it had eluted so many of the players that have given many years, to play the game they love.

    To the fans for being there when it counted, never giving up, and letting the team know how much you love them.

    It has been a great season, can not wait till the next year.

    Go Canes!!!! The pride of North Carolina!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 7:59 AM, Blogger anarchy said…

    first, ron, thanks for your insight and contributions on the blog. i've really enjoyed your thoughts. deep in my heart, i'm a pittesburgh pens fans, so i've followed you for a long time. i will miss your writings...

    congrats to the canes!!! what a great season and awesome series. i will admit i didn't like it to go to the seventh game, but now that they won, it was worth it. i don't think i'll ever forget the image of brind'amour hoisting the cup...

    thank you canes...

     
  • At 6/20/2006 8:11 AM, Blogger carolinacanefan said…

    What a game! I can't wait for the next season to start now! Congratulations to the Edmonton Oilers for playing such great hockey and giving us all a great thrill! Congratulations to the Canes for hanging in there and giving us some of the best hockey that I have ever seen. Thanks Ron for all the great posts too! GO CANES!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 8:33 AM, Blogger Michelle Harward said…

    MAN--what a game! We were there in 2002 for the Canes-Devils playoffs, and were heartbroken. I have to say, that made this playoff win that much more sweet. The Canes have given their heart and soul to win the Cup for it's fans and we salute them for all their hard work and determination!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 8:34 AM, Blogger Michelle Harward said…

    MAN--what a game! We were there in 2002 for the Canes-Devils playoffs, and were heartbroken. I have to say, that made this playoff win that much more sweet. The Canes have given their heart and soul to win the Cup for it's fans and we salute them for all their hard work and determination!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ronnie, when we held the last celebration back for the 2002 run you said that the next time we did this we would bring Stanley with us. Well, it maybe a different team but it is still the CANES and the cup is now here in NC!! Totally Awesome!!!!!

    What a great night for the city and state, the players and the fans!

    Thanks Edmonton for a great series and for your class act fans and team!

    Thanks Ron for your positive spin on even the games we lost.

    Congratulations to the CANES!!!!!!! Wooooooo!!! Wooooooo!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 8:35 AM, Blogger Brandi said…

    Thank you Ron for all you have done for the CANES we really appreciate it!
    GO CANES!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    After that loss in game 5 I thought it was over. What a win, wish I had been in town to see it. Ronnie, great blog, thank you for the cup run commentary.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 8:46 AM, Anonymous john mccray said…

    OH MY! What a game! I'm not sure I've seen the team come out so hard on the ice at the beginning of the game. They really shut the Oiler's down in the first period. It was absolutely FANTASTIC to watch Rod Brind'Amour lift the Cup. I believe I came close to crying.

    What a series, both of these teams showed us that teams don't get to the Stanley Cup Finals unless they deserve to be there. Congratulations to the Oiler's for a good season.

    And watching Lord Stanley's Cup being awarded, with all the player's families around was wonderful. Not only were these guys player's, but you actually got to see them as Father's as well, out on the ice with their children, wives, and fiancees. It's not something that you see much in sports anymore.

    Mr. Francis, as many above have expressed, we will miss your comments and the thoughts you share with us. I have enjoyed reading your blog throughout the season and will miss it immensely. Enjoy your time off, you deserve it, hopefully we'll be here again this time next year.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:11 AM, Blogger linda schlachter said…

    WOW RONNIE!! WHAT AN AWESOME GAME. I THOUGHT THIS OLD HEART WAS GOING TO GIVE OUT,BUT THE CANES REVIVED ME ONCE MORE. RONNIE THANKS FOR ALL THE INSIGHTS IN THE GAMES AND YOU ARE ONE CLASS ACT. WE'LL MISS THE BLOGS ,SO PLEASE COME BACK NEXT YEAR. YOU ARE A PART OF THE CANES FOREVER. THE LOOK ON ROD'S FACE WAS PRICLESS AND ONE I'LL NEVER FORGET. THANK YOU CANES FOR A TERRIFIC RIDE. YOU GUYS ARE TRULY AWESOME!! I LOST MY VOICE LAST NIGHT AT THE RBC CENTER,BUT IT WAS WELL WORTH IT. EDMONTON GAVE US A RUN FOR THE CUP, BUT IN THE END THE CANES MADE HISTORY IN NORTH CAROLINA. FOR ALL WHO SAID WE WERE OLD AND COULDN'T DO IT!! SHAME ON YOU. TO THE FANS WHO RALLIED BEHIND THEIR CANES,WAY TO GO. NEVER SAY NEVER! TIL NEXT YEAR,WE'LL LIVE IN THE MEMORY OF WHAT WE WITNESSED LAST NIGHT. RONNIE,GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.TIL NEXT YEAR!! WOOOOOOO!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:15 AM, Blogger Tamara said…

    Go Canes!!! I wore my Jersey to work today just to celebrate. I am so excited! I have been a loyal fan since they came to NC. Thanks Ron, for your blogs and the effort you put into it (hunting and pecking and all!)! I look forwards to future Championship wins!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks Ronnie!

    You have truly been a great ambassador for hockey and the city of Raleigh. I have been a faithful reader after every game and I will really miss the ride! What a great great series... Go Canes!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you Ron for doing the blog. It broke my heart why you retired but it was great to get your insite. CANES RULE!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:29 AM, Blogger Saltwater-ice said…

    Nice job Ron. I have enjoyed your blog.
    Lets do it again next year.

    Way to go CANES!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:30 AM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    Thank you Ron for doing the blog, it broke my heart when you retired but it was great to read your insite. I wish it would of been you holding that cup. CANES RULE!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:34 AM, Blogger Kelly said…

    My husband and I moved from NC to FL in March of this year, and boy, we're regretting it now! We would have given just about anything to be there for the game last night and the party today -- just incredible.

    Mr. Francis, although I found your blog after the series was over, thanks for your insight into the games. You, and all of the Hurricanes, are a class act.

    Thanks for an AWESOME season... GO CANES!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you Ron for posting the blog. You and that whole Carolina Hurricane's organization is one giant class act.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WOOOOOOOOO! What a fabulous series! Thanks, Ron, for the wonderful commentary you've provided us.

    Thank you Carolina Hurricanes for bringing glory to our region! We love you guys and look forward to many more memorable seasons to come.

    See ya' at RBC this afternoon!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Here's a news flash last night in the corner room at the Y in Raleigh Barney Fife celebrated when he heard Mayberry had won
    THE STANLEY CUP
    signed Otis Campbell

     
  • At 6/20/2006 9:59 AM, Anonymous scotrun said…

    Thanks Capt Ron, not only for this wonderful blog and your insight, but also for being such an important part of this francise. They could not be where they are today with out the foundation you laid and example you have set.

    It has been one heck of ride this season and playoffs, but last made it all worth while. Seeing Rod lift that cup over his head was the greatest feeling in the world.

    Now lets all show up tonight and show how much we appreciate our CANES!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WOOOOOOOOOOO!! JUST LIKE RIC FLAIR THE CANES ARE WORLD CHAMPS AND WE CAN SAY WE BEAT A GREAT TEAM. COULD NOT ASK ANY MORE OF EITHER OF THESE TWO TEAMS THEY PLAYED THE GAME WITH HEART LIKE IT SHOULD BE.

    THANKS TO THE OILERS FOR A GREAT SHOW.

    LETS DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron you've done an EXCELLENT job with this blog...and I'm glad we brought home the cup where it belongs :)

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Mr. Francis, when all this started, a lot of folks were calling you captain. I understand why now. Although Roddy is truly the captain of the Canes, you are without a doubt the captain of the Caniacs. That inspirational piece you wrote after game 6 got me ready for game 7. I was lucky enough to be at the RB'A center last night, and man thanks for the motivation.

    Congratulations to the canes. Thanks to Edminton for a great series and to the Edminton fans - what a classy bunch. And thanks to you our Caniac captain. I can't wait till next year.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Congrats to the Hurricanes for winning the Cup, and thanks to Mr. Francis for a wonderful and insightful blog.

    It's a shame in a way to see the proud team of Edmonton have to drink the bitter draft of defeat, but the class, grit, and skill which they exhibited speaks volumes about them, and makes the victory for the Canes even greater.

    My family called me from Raleigh in the final seconds of the game and I asked them to go outside and listen (we live a few miles from the RBC Center). My Mom could hear fireworks going off. The last time they heard such a celebration, was back in 1983 with another team in red.

    GO HURRICANES!!!

    Frank from Sheppard AFB, Texas

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger suziecue said…

    I think the HNL can now see Carolina fans are the most dedicated and that we have embraced hockey just like our beloved ACC, NFL, and NASCAR. We are true southerners that stick by what we believe in and will defend it with our last breathe. Also, good job Mr. Francis!!!! I was there the night you retired your jersey and there was a certain magic in the air that has not been felt again until last night. Thanks for sticking around and making Raleigh your home. You're family now so lets raise our sweet tea and toast the Hurricanes!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron, we've had your Stanley Cup jersey on display in our den throughout the playoffs and during the Stanley Cup series. I grew up watching the Penguins play and now my daughter has had the great fortune of having us live in Hurricanes Country! What a boost for our state! WE LOVE THE CANES! Thank you for your blog and staying in touch with the Canes and Caniacs! For the Edmonton fans -- you all celebrate hockey the old fashioned way. Thought I was watchin a rerun of a Penguins game from years ago -- boy, you guys are LOUD and PROUD!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron,

    I'm glad to see you were a part of this celebration. I wish you would have been on the ice with the rest of the champions. You deserve it.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You guys have brought tremendous pride to this state!! You put it on the INTERNATIONAL map. Enjoy every second of the celebration. You deserve it.
    Thanks for one hell of a year!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You should keep the blog going...your insights have been great....I'll read your "hunt & peck" any day of the week. Food for thought...

    At any rate...thrilled for the Canes. Have followed them since 1999. My jersey is full of signatures from over the years...and now I have STANLEY CUP WINNERS from the CANES on it. Thanks team, thanks Mr Francis

    john_powell@y-hoo.com

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well give em the credit, they came out n played like a team that wanted to win...i was the one who wrote the OIlers would make history but i guess it was Carolinas turn...Its hard to digest, first the Mighty Lightning, and then the Hurricanes on the cup beside The Habs, The Maple Laughs (or Nots) The Red wings...i dunno, if u had different names and not minor league names it wouldnt be so bad, well at least it aint the very unMighty DUcks!...BUT I LOVE That Hockey is making it bigger down south cause last playoffs (2 yrs ago) i dont think u sold out all the seats for playoff games...This is good for hockey and i honestly think if Carolina would of lost @ home they would of lost half of their fans in the process...Now lets hope carolina can now sell out regular season games...cause Carolina people, it aint just about the plyaoffs...you gotta be there from the 1st day cheering on ur team...So go and support you Stanley Cup champs next year...Im just disapointed Recchi won the cup....Hes too full of himself, gave my aunt an autographed Jersey of Himself for Christmas...at least i can make a lil money on it now!! BUt to the rest of the team, Congrats on coming out and showing what ur all about...

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    2006 YEAR OF THE HURRICANES!!

    ... And what a Season it was.

    Seeing the team hoist that Cup last night...

    The Roar of the fans, all , Night, Long...

    I am in Awe of the focus, the Grit, the will, of a team who would not be denied. I saw the team I have believed in all year, play their guts out in front of fans that roared their guts out. I raise a toast to all of you.

    I doubt there is a Caniac who does not respect the Oilers for the effort they brought to this series. The Hurricane nation will not forget the Oilers and their faithful fans.
    I know they will use the 2006 Oiler playoff run as the benchmark for effort in seasons to come.

    It can not be said enough. Ronnie Franchise will always be the man. He is the real reason we all started believing in Hockey in North Carolina. In 2002 I became a Hurricane fan for life and began a love for the game of Hockey.
    Thank You Mr. Francis.

    #10 is the only Hurricanes jersey in the Rafters but it will not be the last!

    Thank you everyone who shared their thoughts and feelings, it has been great reading.

    Sammy Markov 55

     
  • At 6/20/2006 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How about we all go out to hte airport and wish the Oilers a thank you for a wonderful series send off. They were a great team to play. This would hopefully start another playoff tradition.

    I am without words that the Canes won the CUP.!!!!!!!!!!! Woooooooooooooooooo! Woooooooooo!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    During the lock out a part of me was missing. I missed the game every single day. When Fox Sports Net showed old games from 2002 I watched every minute. But it did not quench the thirst. I promised myself never to take a season for granted. My son missed the team too. Christmas in the bleak hockey winter of 2004-2005 brought a beacon of hope in the form of a Hurricanes jersey for him. He had wished for a home Jersey with the number18 on the back. A coincidence, some may say, but I say it was as close to hockey prophesy as you might find.

    15 months later, Mark Recchi came to the Hurricanes from the team that caused us all stomach churning disgust on the night we lost Erik Cole. In Mark Recchi I saw honor and a desire to make up for the poor play of one of his teammates. Mark Recchi gave the Hurricanes everything he could on their terms not his. We only really see what players do on the ice and what the reporters and editors choose to show us. I for one am grateful for everything Recchi gave to our team. The real beauty of it all was watching Erik Cole and Mark Recchi skate together on the same line. In my mind the debt has been paid by Mark Recchi.

    In the end it is what you give,
    not what you take.

    Sammy Markov 55

     
  • At 6/20/2006 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron,

    thank you for being the voice of reason when things looked bleak! You helped many of us keep it all in perspective. This is a team that runs deep in talent and conviction. One that played best when they had their backs up against the wall. Edmondton was tough but in the end the Canes proved tougher. The 2002 season was also an amazing run, and your leadership then has helped Rod Brind'Amour become the captain he is today. So in my opinion, you had a heavy hand in the 2006 Stanley Cup for the Canes! Tony V.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I brewed a special batch of beer in 2002 and named it "Lord Stanley's First Hurricane". I'm going to brew a special batch of beer this weekend, could someone please help me with a name for it?

    I've always had fun times going to all the games, win or lose, and look forward to them for many years to come.

    Much congratulations to our Carolina Hurricanes, you truly, truly deserve it. Bandwagon or not, let's give praise that the city of Raleigh finally has something to rally around, and EVERYONE'S invited to join in!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Way to go canes. My Brother is finally going to wash his Canes Jersey that he bought in Greensboro so many years ago. He said he would not wash it until we won the Stanley Cup. Wash that Jersey and hope it stays together.. GO CANES !!!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 12:48 PM, Anonymous Dave Pitkin said…

    As the horn sounded ending the game, my first thought was about you, Ron, and how your leadership of past years is still with the team. You were a great example to Rod, Glen and Kevin, and they in turn were true leaders of this very talented team that perfectly exemplify the spirit of TEAM. Thank you for helping to bring "hockey with class" to Raleigh. You are the best!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    franchise, i sincerely hope that when there giving out the rings, that one is given to you. you were an intergral part of this team. your wisdom, and encouragement keep the new fans on board. this has been the coolest thing i've ever been apart of and i never want the feeling to end.
    thank you ronnie, thank you canes... i mean STANLEY CUP CHAMPION CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron, You are class, baby. Glad to call you neighbor!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks Ron!!! So what's next for you? Hurricane's front office job? Coaching? TV commentator (you surely can do better than Messier ;-).

    You have been, and continue to be, a pillar for the franchise. As others have mentioned, you deserved to be down there with the cup last night.

    So best of luck to you in whatever the future holds. I, selfishly, hope that your future continues to involve Raleigha and the Hurricanes in some way.

    I will always wear my #10 sweater with pride knowing that it represents one of the classiest players of all time

    God Speed...

     
  • At 6/20/2006 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great game, great series. Go Canes!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 2:24 PM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    ....and if you're ever in Cape Breton (you never know ,Ron,when the urge might strike you) -and want to know where to eat,get lobster,golf or go whale watching-you can stand on the causeway and yell til they cart you off or...rojaerph@seaside.ns.ca
    the cdn.con -it's been fun !

     
  • At 6/20/2006 2:37 PM, Anonymous Weston Estates Neighbor said…

    How fitting that such a classy group of guys win the ultimate award their sport offers! My wife and I are neighbors of Kevyn Adams, Erik Cole and Jeff Daniels and got hooked on hockey by just getting to know them and their families. They are all so humble, professional, and selfless. We had so much fun watching the team this year that we just signed up to purchase season tix for next year. Proud to be your neighbors and forever hooked on hockey!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There was magic in the RBC Center last night! And somewhere, one of our local favorites was looking down upon us with a big ole Grin on his face! I bet he's stilllooking around trying to find someone to hug! Without Jimmy V's vision for the RBC, this wouldn't be happening.

    I am SO PROUD of our team, and SO PROUD of our fans! We earned a lot of respect around the league, and the way we conducted ourselves was class! Even Edmonton fans acknolwged it. Way to bring Southern HOspitality to hockey!

    Ron - thank you for your insite, and one of the more powerful posts I have ever read! I've been privelged to hear some great peope speak, and hear such speeches of motivation that you just want to jump out of your skin. Your post after game 6 was another one.

    THANK YOU CANES FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE SEASON!!!!!

    We NEVER gave up - and now, (as I'm hearing Freddie Mercury sing) "WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIENDS!! AND WE"LL KEEP ON FIGHTING 'TILL THE END!"

    WOOOOOOOOOO!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 4:21 PM, Blogger Scott in NC said…

    The personalities on this team made it impossible for everyone in this area not to pull really hard for the Canes this year. It was not just because they were the home team. It was also because all of these guys and everyone involved with the team is so easy to pull for.

    Ron, you are a big part of that too - a big part of why all of these players are here. So congratulations to you too.

    Mr. Karmanos was right about this area. There is something about it and we will always love our hockey down here - a really neat thing to see.

    To you in Edmonton and other northern hockey fans - come down, visit anytime and see what this combination of southern hospitality and a sports-crazed population is really like. You may feel quite at home.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 5:00 PM, Anonymous Swingvxn said…

    Last night was the only game of the playoffs I was able to go to. My husband only had one ticket, but he got me one for game 7. It was the most thrilling thing I have ever witnessed. What most impressed me about this series as compared to the other series' in the playoffs was the sheer friendliness of the Edmonton fans. They were all so nice in the walkway around RBC and to see them singing our anthem in Canada, it brought tears to my eyes. That is true respect. Carolina has a great group of fans and a great group of players. Thanks for the memories guys!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you Ron for everything. I've kept up with the Canes through just about every source possible. Living in Georgia, the Thrashers get all the coverage. Been going to our local sports bar with fellow Caniacs (fellow North Carolinians living in the area) to watch all the playoff games. We all wish we could have been there last night and the fesitivities today and tomorrow, but we are there in spirit. Way to go Canes and thank you Ron

     
  • At 6/20/2006 6:14 PM, Blogger CasonBlog said…

    Thanks Ron for your lasting imprint on the character of this franchise.

     
  • At 6/20/2006 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm still in shock... I can't believe that I was actually able to witness the awarding of a Stanley Cup before my very eyes. I watched the Cup being awarded on television while growing up in Newfoundland, Canada, so to see it live and in person was one of the most incredible moments of my life, a complete dream come true. The fact that it was one of my two favorite NHL teams doing it made it all the more special. I cried along with all the players when they paraded the Cup around the ice. To whoever decided that they should give out the rally towels last night - THANK YOU - it's hard to dry your eyes with a pom-pom! LOL My towel now has black streaks all over it from the mascara that had run down all over my face.
    To see the look on Rod's face as he hoisted the Cup made it all worth it. Not to mention the look on Wesley's, Hedican's, etc. And I lost it when they showed one of my favorite players, Kevyn Adams, on the Jumbotron hugging his father while crying tears of pure joy. I moved here in 2001, and enjoyed the ride into the 2002 playoffs immensely. I totally fell in love with the team that year, and haven't stopped loving them since - even during their disappointing 2003 season. I've admittedly not been to as many games as I would like to have been, but I'm giving serious thought to season tickets next year.
    To the Edmonton fans, THANK YOU for being a part of this wonderful experience. You are all a class act - I was impressed by the number of Oilers fans that congratulated us after the game. True sportmanship on their parts. You can all come visit us anytime - this time next year maybe? :-)Also, being a citizen of both countries, I was touched by the fact that fans in both cities sang each anthem with pride. Other teams and sports could learn a lot from all of you. There was very little booing during the anthems last night. I'd say there was none, but the guy next to me started to... I almost gave him a shot in the ribs. Then after the game he started the "USA!" chant... I politely reminded him that if it wasn't for Canada, he wouldn't be enjoying this particular moment. LOL
    Lastly, thank you Ronnie Franchise - for this blog, for your support of the team, and your unwavering optimism through it all. I was there the night they retired your number - it was one of the most special, historic things I've ever been able to witness. And now I've witnessed two! And it's all in large part due to you and the foundation you laid for this team. They are some of the classiest players I have ever had the pleasure of cheering on, and I KNOW they are that way in large part due to your example. You were the only person missing from the on-ice celebration last night, but, as one of the other bloggers stated, your name will go on there in spirit. Thank you Ronnie and thank you Canes.... it's been a wonderful ride!

    GO CANES!!! 2006 Stanley Cup Champions! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

     
  • At 6/20/2006 10:31 PM, Blogger Petra said…

    Here a little note from a "dutchie" who lives in Canecountry. We have moved from The Netherlands to North Carolina last year. The first icehockey game I ever saw was the one on Nov 18th against the New York Rangers. The Canes won 5-1. The RBC-center went crazy. So did we. We got the Cane-virus and went to several games after that. Saw the game which was a tribute to you. Fantastic and think it was very special to see this. Never saw such a tribute in any kind of sport! We followed the Canes through the Play-offs. And yesterday was the icing on the cake!!! Just came back from the RBC center parade. The players, the Caniacs, they were all great. Congratulations to you and to all the Cane fans.
    Thanks for letting us experience this all!!!
    From a "newbie" fan from Europe, Petra

     
  • At 6/21/2006 10:20 AM, Blogger John Jernigan said…

    Thanks Ronnie! We appreciate all you continue to do for us Canes fans.

     
  • At 6/21/2006 10:22 AM, Blogger John Jernigan said…

    Thanks for all you do for us Ron. What a year. This is great for Hurricane Hockey and for the NHL in general. Take care my friend! WOOOO! Woooooo! Wooooo! Let's do it again next year!

     
  • At 6/21/2006 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hello Ron,

    My only ambivalence with the cup was that I wish you were part of it. I knew your family when my son was in 2nd grade with your son and watched your much-deserved number-retirement (and actually cried my eyes out!). You have always been and continue to be "THE Cane!" and the backbone of this organization.

    I kept hoping to see you down on the ice with your friends and family and have a chance to celebrate and carry the cup as well.

    We are so proud to have you and your family as part of our community and know that because the leadership you provided in 2002, you laid the groundwork for this championship.

    Thank you for all your contributions -- past and present. I definately hope to see you more directly involved with the organization as they move forward.

    Best regards to you and your wonderful family!

     
  • At 6/21/2006 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Words can not express this entire Stanley Cup run! It's been a thrill of a lifetime! I am so proud of this team. They are true professionals and I am so honored to be a fan.

    To the Edmonton fans, you guys rock! Here's to seeing you next year!

    Ron, what can I say. I never thought that the team I watched way up in the nose bleed section in Hartford would one day be the foundation and history of the Carolina Hurricanes. If you feel like you missed out on some tailgating, visit us in Cary and we'll throw in some homemade italian cooking and some Tiramisu! :) Hope to see some of your blogging for next years Cup run!

    JC

     
  • At 6/21/2006 1:45 PM, Anonymous SGreene said…

    SGreene,
    Spoken like a true Captain! Thank you so much Ron for all of your inspirational thoughts. You will always be the best! I believed in our CANES all the way. WHOoooooo!!! Winning the CUP! It's the ULTIMATE BEST!!! WAY TO GO CANES!!! WE LOVE YOU.. Kudos to the Oilers and their fans, you have shown us that you can support the opposition and still have class.

     
  • At 6/21/2006 1:50 PM, Anonymous Kim said…

    Mr. Francis,

    If you are still reading these comments, thanks so much for doing this blog, and even more importantly, for all you've done for the Carolina Hurricanes. The years you gave to this organization absolutely laid the groundwork for this championship, and all of us fans are forever grateful to you. My only regret about winning the Cup this year is that you weren't able to be out there on the ice with this team! Thanks again for everything!!!

     
  • At 6/21/2006 11:32 PM, Blogger Selene said…

    Thank you Mr Francis for everything.

    After game 6 it has stopped being fun for many, that was wrong, a true fan enjoys a good game.

    I carried your optimism to work and infected other Canics.

    Spreading the word keeping the faith. Laid it on the line and loved my team; they deserved nothing less.

    The Canes played in the red, and the Canic Nation projected desire, and we won!

    Hockey is played by men of passion, that is why there is high drama from all the players, which precipitates fights and penalties.It's better than Shakespeare.

    Thanks to the Oilers for a great ride, I know you are all proud. I have nothing but respect.

    Mr Francis, my family will miss you, words fail to express the depth of our gratitude.

    Love
    Selene
    XXX

     
  • At 6/22/2006 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I BELIEVE "DEDICATION, DETERMINATION, AND DESIRE" BEST DESCRIBE WHAT EVERY CANE (PLAYER AND FAN) SHOWED THIS SEASON. WE HAD OUR DOWNS AS WELL AS OUR UPS, JUST GLAD IT ENDED WITH AN "UP". THANKS TO EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE ORGANIZATION FOR A GREAT SEASON, AND A BIG CONGRATULATION FOR BEING TRHE 2006 STANLY CUP CHAMPS!

     
  • At 6/22/2006 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron, I will name my first born son Ron Francis. you are the man..

     
  • At 6/25/2006 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I must agree with one comment read. This cup was missing the one element, Ron himself. With that said, he championed and led the team as only he could. Its been years since the days I would go to Jr Whaler signings at the Hartford Civic Center, yet I know from reading the blog that he is the same person today. I still own the 1988 Whaler video, for anyone who has not seen it...there is a great music video at the end.

     
  • At 6/25/2006 11:15 PM, Blogger randycane said…

    Ronnie, wow, what a season, followed by an unbelieveable cup run!! enjoyed your blog and the comments. re your comment about
    missing most of the tailgaiting...
    we'll be out in the EAST lot b'for
    preseason and all the rest of the games!! please stop by anytime, we know how to do it right!! season tik-hldr from '97 on... - vern

     
  • At 6/27/2006 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron,
    Thank you for taking the plunge to share your thoughts and insight. This years Canes edition were glorious to watch and fun to root for. The Cup run was awesome (way understated)!!!! While I wasn't able to be in the House, I did watch on the tube, even in Okla City while at a conference- I raised a few eyebrows when we won 2-1 in Edmonton with the Ric Flair cheer-and listened on the radio. Big cheers to Chuck K, john Forslund and Trip Tracy-ya'll were great as always this year. And thank you Canes, Coach (all of them), JR, and all those who make coming to the RBC an experience for making this a special year and reinforcing that hockey belongs anywhere-even in the South!!!

    Mark

     
  • At 6/30/2006 6:57 PM, Anonymous Robb said…

    Thank you Mr. Francis,
    I am saddened that you have chosen not to continue with your blog, unfortunately I didn’t find it until after you discontinued. But it was a wonderful read. If your not to busy blogging now, how about coming back to the burgh for a vacation and teaching someone how to win a face-off. I mean throw us a bone up here, besides you don’t want to be down their during hurricane season. Anyways, I have always thought you were one of the classiest players, and an unsung hero. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

     
  • At 7/06/2006 12:33 PM, Anonymous janet rudderham said…

    I don't know what the chances are of you reading this ,RF ,but I just wanted to tell you that on a 3 day jaunt across Nova Scotia ,in Truro,I met a girl selling NHL magnets ,asked if she had any Carolina ones,told her I was the only Carolina fan in NS,-and guess what ? She likes them too !! So,to my knowledge ,the Cane fan base has doubled ! But, She didn't have any Cane magnets !Hope y'all are having a good summer ! The cdn.con
    #1 ns fan

     
  • At 7/10/2006 9:53 PM, Blogger Senor Caiman said…

    Dude,

    Is Barry Saunders from the N&O moonlighting as a Stanley Cup Guard? All I saw was a black Dude and a pimp hat.

     
  • At 7/17/2006 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron Franchise is da man - wish you could have been raising it Ronnie!!! Go Canes!

     
  • At 8/05/2006 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    did you go to the game ron?

     

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