|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
185 lb (84 kg)
|Teams||Los Angeles Kings |
St. Louis Blues
|Born||April 21, 1940,|
|Pro Career||1968 – 1974|
Jacques Caron (born April 21, 1940, in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada) is a former assistant coach for the National Hockey League's Hartford Whalers and was the current goaltending coach for the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils. He won three Stanley Cups as goaltending coach with New Jersey in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
Caron was a minor-league goalie, doomed to play for the Springfield Indians during the 1960s after finishing junior with the Peterborough Petes. He retired at one point and moved to Toronto to take a job as a machinist, but when news of the 1967 expansion made headlines he returned to the game.
The Los Angeles 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 the St. Louis Blues.
After ten more games with the Vancouver Canucks, he moved on again to the minors, leaving the Syracuse Blazers in early 1977 after a contract disagreement. But for a third time he came out of retirement after a trade sent him to the Binghamton Dusters, 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.
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