Moose Jaw Canucks
Emile Francis is one of nine people who will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in July.
The class of 2014 includes four players: Brian Propp, Brad McCrimmon, Johnny Gottselig and Jim Neilson; three builders: Francis, Terry Simpson and Wayne Kartusch. Wes Smith will be inducted as an official, while Bruce Clements will be inducted in the grassroots category.
The 1982 Prince Albert Raiders and the 1972 Rosetown Redwings will be inducted into the team category.
Francis tended goal for the Moose Jaw Canucks in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League during the 1945-46 season. It was in Moose Jaw that Francis picked up his famous nickname "The Cat" after an impressive win performance against Regina.
He started the following season with the Regina Capitals in the Western Canadian Senior Hockey League before finishing the season in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. Francis played 95 games in the NHL with Chicago and the New York Rangers, but made his biggest mark behind the bench. He coached the Rangers for 10 years and spent three seasons coaching the St. Louis Blues.
The induction dinner will be held on July 18 at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert.