Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jacques Caron
The story is as familiar as 1967 is historic to NHL development. Caron was a minor-league goalie, doomed to play for Springfield during the 1960s after finishing junior with Peterborough. He retired at one point and moved to Toronto to take a job as a machinist, but when news of expansion made headlines he returned to the game.

The L.A. Kings did indeed claim him, and he got into his first NHL game in 1967-68. Just three games later the following year he became depressed and retired again, only to come back when he had a chance to play for St. Louis.

After ten more games with Vancouver, he moved on again to the minors, leaving Syracuse in early 1977 after a contract disagreement. But for a third time he came out of retirement after a trade sent him to Binghampton, and in 1980 he retired to his cattle and horse farm in Noranda. Two years later, he was hired as an assistant coach in Hartford, a job he had to abandon after suffering severe emotional and mental stress that needed hospital treatment.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1956-57 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 10 2 2.90
1957-58 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 31 1 3.68 4 0 3.50
1958-59 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 43 24 14 4 2 3.00 13 9 3 1 2 2.69
1958-59 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 2 0 2 0 0 4.50
1959-60 Washington Presidents EHL 55 3 3.97
1960-61 Rouyn-Noranda Alouettes NOHA
1960-61 Rouyn-Noranda Alouettes Al-Cup 3 0 3 0 0 4.33
1961-62 Springfield Indians AHL 5 4 1 0 1 3.29
1961-62 Charlotte Checkers EHL 5 0 5.20
1962-63 Springfield Indians AHL 38 12 14 7 2 3.08
1963-64 Springfield Indians AHL 31 12 14 1 0 3.71
1964-65 Springfield Indians AHL 55 21 29 4 2 3.52
1965-66 Springfield Indians AHL 33 15 15 1 2 2.62 6 3 3 0 0 2.33
1966-67 Springfield Indians AHL 35 11 17 5 1 4.37
1967-68 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1967-68 Springfield Kings AHL 42 19 18 4 0 3.79
1968-69 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 0 1 0 0 3.86
1968-69 Denver Spurs WHL 31 7 21 3 2 4.15
1969-70 Denver Spurs WHL 31 8 16 4 0 4.65
1970-71 Denver Spurs WHL 30 10 13 4 2 3.92 2 0 2 0 0 4.50
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 14 8 5 1 2.52 9 4 5 0 3.13
1971-72 Denver Spurs WHL 20 15 3 0 0 2.32
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 8 14 5 1 3.53 3 0 2 0 3.43
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 10 2 5 1 0 4.90
1974-75 Syracuse Eagles AHL 50 16 21 9 0 3.70 1 0 1 0 0 8.00
1975-76 Syracuse Blazers NAPro 32 3 3.10
1975-76 Cleveland Crusaders WHA 2 1 0 1 0 3.69
1976-77 Syracuse Blazers NAPro 22 1 3.63
1976-77 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 24 13 6 2 3 2.83 1 0 1 0 0 12.86
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
1978-79
1979-80
1980-81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 1 0 0 0 0 3.16
NHL Totals 72 24 29 11 2 3.29 12 4 7 0 3.19


NAHL First All-Star Team (1976) Rights transferred to Los Angeles when NHL club purchased Springfield (AHL) franchise, May, 1967. Claimed by St. Louis (Denver-WHL) from Los Angeles in Reverse Draft, June 12, 1969. Selected by Dayton-Houston (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed by Vancouver (Seattle-WHL) from St. Louis in Reverse Draft, June 15, 1973. Traded to Buffalo by Vancouver for future considerations, September 15, 1974. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Houston (WHA) for future considerations, February, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati (WHA) after Cleveland (WHA) franchise folded, July, 1976.