Emile Francis Chicago Blackhawks Signed Black & White Goalie 8×10 Photo
This hand-signed 8×10 photo has been personally autographed by Emile Francis. Included with your purchase is a Certificate of Authenticity from Slap Shot Signatures.
Learn More about Emile Francis
Nicknamed “The Cat,” Emile Francis was a goaltender that played from 1943-1960, when he revolutionized the goalie’s glove. Though he had experiences in many different hockey positions, Francis became a goalie after his uncle noticed the range he gained from playing as a baseball shortstop. In 1947, he was called up to the Chicago Blackhawks where he played with a glove based on a first baseman’s. After explaining that the popular gloves at the time put strain on the goaltender’s hands, Francis gained executive permissions and gloves like his became common in the league. After a dismal season in 1948-49, Francis was traded to the New York Rangers. He would play only a relief role there over the next four years while also playing in the American League affiliate. He finished his career playing for the Western Hockey League. After retiring in 1960, Emile Francis became a coach for the Guelph Royals of the OHA. In 1962, he became an assistant general manager to the Rangers and then became both general manager and head coach. He would be behind the bench for the next ten years resulting in playoffs each year. In January 1976, he was fired by the Rangers and he went on to become the executive vice president and general manager for the St. Louis Blues, he moved on to the Hartford Whalers in 1983 as a general manager and then team president from 1988-93.
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