Bobby Francis

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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.

Bobby Francis
Born (1958-12-05) December 5, 1958 (age 61)
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Detroit Red Wings
Muskegon Mohawks
Salt Lake Golden Eagles
Birmingham Bulls
Oklahoma City Stars
Colorado Flames
Adirondack Red Wings
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1980–1987

Coaching careerEdit

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

On April 26, 2006 Francis signed a two year-contract to coach HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga. On December 19, 2006 Francis's contract was terminated.[4]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Division rank W L Result
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)
Total 390 165 144 60 21


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.[5] 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.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Francis Is Coyotes New Coach". CBS News. June 16, 1999. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jose Theodore named NHL MVP | CBC Sports". CBC. CBC News. June 27, 2002. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Garay, Anabelle (February 24, 2004). "Phoenix Coyotes Fire Bob Francis As Coach (". Washington Post. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b Bickley, Dan (September 28, 2012). "Ex-coach Bob Francis now fighting for quality of life". USA Today. Retrieved October 1, 2016.

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Preceded by
Joe Mullen
Winner of the Phil Esposito Trophy
Succeeded by
Wes Jarvis
Preceded by
Joe Mullen
Winner of the Tommy Ivan Trophy
Succeeded by
Kelly Hrudey
Preceded by
Steve Kasper
Head coach of the Providence Bruins
Succeeded by
Tom McVie
Preceded by
Jim Schoenfeld
Head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes
Succeeded by
Rick Bowness
Preceded by
Bill Barber
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
Succeeded by
Jacques Lemaire
Preceded by
Doug Shedden
HIFK head coach
Succeeded by
Paul Baxter