Last week brought news on the passing of former hockey executive Ron Caron. He died on January 9, 2012, at the age of 82 in Montreal.
His association with the Montreal Canadiens began in 1959. Caron's first duties with the Habs were in the scouting department. He served as a scout for the Montreal Junior Canadiens. Next up for Caron was a crack at coaching the Junior squad.
Like most executives from his era, Caron worked his way through the organization. In 1968-69, he was elevated to the post of coach and general manager with the Montreal Voyageurs in the AHL.
Caron reached the NHL when he was appointed head scout of the Canadiens. Later, he held the position of director of recruitment and player personnel. He worked his way up to gain the title of assistant general manager with the Original Six franchise.
He would finally get the opportunity to run the show in 1983 when he became general manager in St. Louis. Under Caron's watch, the Blues won two division titles.
A former Montreal Canadiens captain articulated Caron's approach to the game. "He was a very hard worker. He was always passionate about everything he did," stated Jean Beliveau in reference to Caron.