Emile "The Cat" Francis, the architect of the New York Rangers' revival in the late 1960s and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, died Saturday. He was 95.

Francis went 388-273 with 117 ties in coaching 778 NHL games in 13 seasons with the Rangers and St. Louis Blues. He made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 11 of his 13 seasons, going 39-50 in 89 games. Francis reached the Cup Final in 1972 with the Rangers, losing to the Boston Bruins in six games.

He served as general manager of the Rangers from 1964-1976, with the Blues from 1976-83 and the Hartford Whalers from 1983-89.