Ron Caron

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Ronald Caron (December 19, 1929 – January 9, 2012) was a Canadian executive in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues.

Early life[edit]

Caron was born in Hull, Quebec (now Gatineau, Quebec), on December 19, 1929. He was a graduate of the University of Ottawa.[1]

Hockey career[edit]

Montreal Canadiens[edit]

Caron began his career in professional ice hockey as a part-time scout with the Montreal Junior Canadiens in 1959. The team promoted him to head scout in 1968.[1] He succeeded Al MacNeil as head coach of the Montreal Voyageurs for the 1970–71 campaign, but was replaced by Floyd Curry during the season.[2] He was appointed the Voyageurs' general manager the following year. Within the next ten campaigns, he served the team as assistant general manager and director of recruitment and player personnel.[1]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Caron was the general manager of the St. Louis Blues from 1983 until 1994.[3] During his tenure, he was involved in bringing players like Doug Gilmour, Brett Hull, and Adam Oates to St. Louis. Before he was hired by St. Louis, he worked for the Montreal Canadiens as their head scout. He won six Stanley Cup rings with Montreal during the 1970s as the assistant general manager. He was nicknamed "The Old Professor" for his remarkable memory of hockey events.[3]

Death[edit]

Caron died on January 9, 2012, at 82 at his home in Montreal.[4]

Awards[edit]

Stanley Cup awards at Caron's home in St Louis County MO, 2005
  • Stanley Cup Champions 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Montreal Canadiens mourn the passing of Ronald Caron", Montreal Canadiens press release, Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Standings for the Montreal Voyageurs of the AHL – The Internet Hockey Database.
  3. ^ a b Duhatschek, Eric (March 13, 2007). "Duhatschek: The Old Professor, Ron Caron, reminisces as best he can". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Ron Caron dies; former Blues GM", St. Louis Post-Dispatch (January 10, 2012)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Emile Francis
General Manager of the St. Louis Blues
1983–94
Succeeded by
Mike Keenan
Preceded by
Mike Keenan
Interim General Manager of the St. Louis Blues
1996–97
Succeeded by
Larry Pleau