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July 20, 1968 |
Southfield, MI, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Detroit Vipers (IHL)
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||2nd overall, 1986
Los Angeles Kings
James Charles Carson (born July 20, 1968) is a retired American professional hockey player. He is best known for his 10 year NHL career, spent with several teams. After retiring from professional hockey, he embarked on a new career as a financial advisor.
Playing career 
Jimmy Carson was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft as the 2nd overall pick. He scored 37 goals as an 18 year old rookie in the 1986–87 NHL season. In just his second NHL season he notched 55 goals, and established himself as one of the sport's top young players. Carson holds the record for most NHL goals by a teenager with 92 career goals before turning 20. Along with Martin Gelinas, he was a key part of the August 9, 1988, blockbuster trade that sent them, the Kings' three first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and $15 million cash to the Edmonton Oilers for Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski.
Carson demanded a trade out of Edmonton in November 1989 because among other reasons he could not handle the pressure of being expected to replace Wayne Gretzky. Carson was traded to his home town of Detroit for Adam Graves, Petr Klima and Joe Murphy. These players were instrumental in helping Edmonton win their 5th Stanley Cup in 7 years in 1990.
Carson would later return to Los Angeles, in January 1993, following a trade for popular all-star defenceman Paul Coffey. He played with Gretzky and the Kings for parts of two seasons, but never regained the scoring touch he had early in his career. He later played for the Vancouver Canucks and the Hartford Whalers, where he ended his NHL career in 1996.
Carson is of Greek descent; his grandfather changed the family name from Kyriazopoulos to Carson upon emigrating to the United States.
- Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1987.
- NHL single-season record for games played with 86, 1992–93 shared with Bob Kudelski who also played 86 games in 1993-94
Career statistics 
|1984–85||Verdun Junior Canadiens||QMJHL||68||44||72||116||16||14||9||17||26||12|
|1985–86||Verdun Junior Canadiens||QMJHL||69||70||83||153||46||5||2||6||8||0|
|1986–87||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||37||42||79||22||5||1||2||3||6|
|1987–88||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||55||52||107||45||5||5||3||8||4|
|1989–90||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||44||20||16||36||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||64||21||25||46||28||7||2||1||3||4|
|1991–92||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||34||35||69||30||11||2||3||5||0|
|1992–93||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||52||25||26||51||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||34||10||12||22||14||18||5||4||9||2|
|1993–94||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||25||4||7||11||2||—||—||—||—||—|
See also 
- Kreiser, John. "A look at some off-the-beaten-track NHL marks". nhl.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- Jimmy Carson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Jimmy Carson's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick