Ron Francis goes down in local history books today as having a street named after him, being one of the top-five all-time point leaders in the NHL.
Lower Bruce Street is now renamed Ron Francis Way.
Whalers jerseyed locals and fans of Carolina came out to honour him and show their support.
Francis was teary-eyed during his speech. The street renaming came as a result of a motion by city councilor Paul Christian in 2015.
With 549 goals and 1249 assists in 1731 games, Francis is ranked 5th for points and second in assists.
He said today his true inspiration was his brother, a gold medalist in the Special Olympics.
Rick Francis started in the Special Olympics when he was about 4 years old. He competed in swimming at the provincial games in 1982. He has competed many
times at the regional, provincial and national levels in swimming, floor hockey, nordic skiing and 10-pin bowling. In 1997, he qualified for the World Winter Games in Collingwood after he competed at the Nationals in cross-country skiing in Canmore, Alberta. At the World Winter Games he won a pair of gold medals. Also in 1997, Rick won the Ontario and Canadian Athlete of the year and the
Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit.