Robert Emile Francis (born December 5, 1958) is a Canadian-born American former professional ice hockey player and coach. He was the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL) from June 1999 to February 2004. In 2002 Francis became the first Coyotes' coach to win the Jack Adams Award. He is the son of former NHL general manager and coach Emile Francis.
December 5, 1958|
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
Salt Lake Golden Eagles
Oklahoma City Stars
Adirondack Red Wings
Francis served as a player-coach with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1986, followed by four years as head coach of the IHL's Utah Grizzlies. After head coaching stints in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Saint John Flames and Providence Bruins, Francis spent two years at the NHL level as an assistant coach to Pat Burns of the Boston Bruins before being hired by the Phoenix Coyotes in 1999. In 2002, after leading the Coyotes to a 40-27-9-6 record, and the most points in the league following that year's Olympic break, Francis was awarded the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year. Midway through his fifth season at the helm of the Coyotes in 2004, Francis was fired after a slow start and replaced by assistant coach Rick Bowness.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|PHX||1999–2000||82||39||31||8||4||90||3rd in Pacific||1||4||Lost in first round|
|PHX||2000–01||82||35||27||17||3||90||4th in Pacific||-||-||Missed Playoffs|
|PHX||2001–02||82||40||27||9||6||95||2nd in Pacific||1-||4||Lost in first round|
|PHX||2002–03||82||31||35||11||5||78||4th in Pacific||-||-||Missed Playoffs|
|PHX||2003–04||62||20||24||15||3||(68)||5th in Pacific||-||-||(fired)|
Although he was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he spent much of his youth growing up in Long Beach, New York, while his father was coaching the New York Rangers, and holds both Canadian and American citizenship. In September 2012, it was revealed that Francis had lost his balance and equilibrium and required a walker to get around. The symptoms began showing during the 2003–04 NHL season. Francis also revealed his struggle with alcoholism, which played a key factor in his dismissal from HIFK.
- "Francis Is Coyotes New Coach". CBS News. June 16, 1999. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- "Jose Theodore named NHL MVP | CBC Sports". CBC. CBC News. June 27, 2002. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Garay, Anabelle (February 24, 2004). "Phoenix Coyotes Fire Bob Francis As Coach (washingtonpost.com)". www.washingtonpost.com. Washington Post. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
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- Bickley, Dan (September 28, 2012). "Ex-coach Bob Francis now fighting for quality of life". USA Today. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Winner of the Phil Esposito Trophy
| Winner of the Tommy Ivan Trophy
| Head coach of the Providence Bruins
| Head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes
| Winner of the Jack Adams Award
| HIFK head coach
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