Hailing from Roberval in southern Quebec, Francis proved his worth during five consecutive seasons for Chicoutimi Saguenéens (playing alongside Stan Lascek, another Chicoutimi alumni known to many MKL fans). From there he moved to McGill University and in just his second season finished as top points scorer. During his time with the Redmen, Francis played alongside Guillaume Doucet, who also debuts for MKL this season and who recommended his old team mate to Coach Russell.
Having originally hoped to work his way up through the North American leagues, Francis turned pro during an NHL lockout season so set his sights further afield. His first taste of the European game came in 2013 via a short spell in Norway and the following season he enjoyed a longer spell, with Ajoie in Switzerland. A move to Denmark in 2015 saw him average a point per game, before last season’s move to the Alps Hockey League where he was top goal scorer by quite some margin, hitting the back of the net 27 times in 32 games contributing 22 assists.
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In 2003 he was part of the U17 bronze medal winning team at the World Championships and during his time at McGill University he scooped no fewer than 11 accolades – including most valuable player, first all star team (2 seasons), second all star team, outstanding player in a championship, All-Canadian team, most goals and university Cup champion.