Ron Francis, who played in the NHL for 22 seasons and is fifth all time in points, is to be announced this week as the first general manager of Seattle’s incoming franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated.

Francis, 56, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, was a Hockey Hall of Fame captain of the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes and amassed 1,798 points. The two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Penguins also became general manager of the Hurricanes after that franchise relocated from Hartford and remained there from April 2014 until being fired in spring of last year.