Centre Red Heron played parts of four seasons in the NHL with three different teams in the 30s and 40s. In addition to his 106-game big league tenure, he was a solid amateur and senior hockey player.
Born in Toronto, Heron played junior with the local Marlboros, Native Sons and West Toronto Nationals. He then played senior with the Toronto Goodyears and led the OHA in scoring in 1936 and 1938. The young pivot played six games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1938-39 but gained most his experience that year with the Syracuse Stars of the AHL. The next season Heron scored 11 goals playing with Gus Marker and Pete Langelle and helped Toronto reach the finals where they lost to the New York Rangers in six games.
During the 1940-41 season Heron continued as a solid checker and contributed nine goals but the Leafs were knocked out in the semifinals. The following October there was no longer room for him on the deep Toronto roster so he was loaned to the Brooklyn Americans along with Marker and Nick Knott for Lorne Carr. After 11 games the Americans loaned him to the Montreal Canadiens for a months before he was relegated to the AHL. After playing three years of senior hockey with the Research Colonels, Toronto Staffords and the RCAF in Hogtown and Rockliffe, he retired in 1945.