July 20, 1968|
Southfield, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings|
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Vipers (IHL)
|National team||United States|
2nd overall, 1986|
Los Angeles Kings
James Charles Carson (born July 20, 1968) is an American former professional hockey player. He played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League with five different teams. In 1988, he became only the second teenager in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season; the first was Wayne Gretzky.
Carson was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft as the second 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. He was part of the August 9, 1988, blockbuster trade that sent himself, Martin Gélinas, 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. He was traded to his hometown of Detroit along with Kevin McClelland and a fifth-round draft pick for Adam Graves, Petr Klíma and Joe Murphy. These players were instrumental in helping Edmonton win their fifth Stanley Cup in seven years in 1990.
Carson later returned to Los Angeles in January 1993, following a trade for popular all-star defenseman 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.
While still a player in the NHL, Carson began to prepare for a post-hockey career by earning certifications in financial planning in 1992. When his playing career ended, he joined Northwestern Mutual.
Carson and his wife have four children and reside in the Metro Detroit area. They have three sons and one daughter.
- Played in 1989 NHL All-Star Game.
- 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
- Scored more goals as a teenager than any player in NHL history- 92 goals
- Only Wayne Gretzky (20 years, 40 days old) scored 100 goals at a younger age than Jimmy Carson who achieved the feat at 20 years, 116 days old.
Regular season and playoffs
|1983–84||Detroit Compuware Ambassadors||MNHL||65||85||74||159||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Verdun Junior Canadiens||QMJHL||68||44||72||116||16||14||9||17||26||12|
|1984–85||Verdun Junior Canadiens||MC||—||—||—||—||—||3||0||1||1||4|
|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||12||10||22||14||18||5||4||9||2|
|1993–94||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||25||4||7||11||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- Gave, Keith (2018). The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage. Gold Star Publishing. p. 54. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
- "The Trade at 25: Wayne Gretzky Oral History" by Adam Proteau. The Hockey News. Vol 67, Number SC. July, 2013
- DiFranco, Michael (31 October 2009). "What Ever Happened to Jimmy Carson?". The Hockey Writers. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- Kreiser, John. "A look at some off-the-beaten-track NHL marks". nhl.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick