A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Emile “the Cat” Francis enjoyed a close association with hockey that lasted over four decades. Communities across North America benefited from his talents as a player, coach, general manager and administrator.
We best remember him as GM and Coach of those great NY Ranger teams of the late 1960’s and early 70’s that came so close to winning a Stanley Cup. Unfortuately, standing in the way of Ratelle, Gilbert, Nevin, and Park were the likes of Orr, Esposito, Beliveau, Richard, Dryden, Lafleur and Clarke.
We speak with Emile Francis about hockey then and now.