Sault Ste. Marie's own Ron Francis has been named GM for Seattle's yet-to-be-named NHL expansion team.
A former Soo Greyhound, Francis' NHL career spanned from 1981 to 2004, with stints in Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina, and Toronto, as well as two Stanley Cup wins and three Lady Byng Trophies.
After retiring, Francis was director of hockey operations and later GM for the Carolina Hurricanes, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year on the ballot
He's been given complete control of operations for the new team, which will debut in 2021.