The 25th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, right wing Jordan Caron (kuh-RAHN) joined the Avalanche at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2, 2015 after spending the past five seasons in the Boston Bruins organization. Born in Sayabec, Quebec, Caron had recorded 12 goals and 16 assists in 134 NHL games with Boston. At 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, the 24-year-old is a strong skater and can use his large frame to dictate the flow of the game. Selected in the same draft year as new teammates Matt Duchene (No. 3 overall), Ryan O’Reilly (No. 33 overall) and Tyson Barrie (No. 64), Caron is a versatile forward that can play on any line. As he was hanging up his No. 27 jersey in the locker room after a recent practice, he sat down with ColoradoAvalanche.com to discuss his experience thus far as a new resident of the Mile High City.
When and where did the passion for hockey begin?
“Back home everybody plays hockey. When I was a kid, my dad brought me outside to skate and I just got on the pond so that’s where it began. My dad was always a big fan of the game, so I started to play hockey because of my dad. He played for fun growing up. He never played professional or anything, he just always loved the game.”
What was your favorite hockey memory growing up?
“Probably playing in the Quebec tournament. The Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament in Quebec City, I think that was pretty special. I got to play there twice and growing up it was always special to play in a big arena like that. That was probably my favorite memory.”
Did you have any hockey idols growing up?
“Yeah, I had a lot. Obviously, Joe Sakic. I think a lot of players knew about Joe Sakic growing up. He was one of my favorite players, for sure. Vincent Lecavalier and Sidney Crosby, you know they both played in Rimouski in junior so it was pretty special to have them in my hometown. It was fun to watch them play when I was younger.”
Is it exciting for you to now be a part of the same organization as Joe Sakic?
“For sure. When I got the call from him to tell me I got traded here, I was pretty excited. Just talking to him on the phone, that’s something pretty special too. I had never met him, I followed him a lot like I said growing up, but it was the first time meeting him when I got here.”
How have you enjoyed Colorado so far?
“It’s awesome. Beautiful weather, it's been great. It’s warm; I didn’t expect it to be that warm. It’s nice, good guys on the team. I haven’t been able to do much in the city yet, I’ve been pretty busy, but from what I’ve heard it’s a great city.”
Have you been lost at all finding your way to the practice rink and Pepsi Center?
“I keep my GPS close to me all the time. But its pretty easy I think. I’ve driven downtown a little bit, but I haven't gotten lost yet so that’s good.”
How has it been adjusting to a new team, new environment and a new organization?
“It’s different, you know when you are with the same organization for five years and you come here, everybody knows each other and they’ve spent the whole season together. It’s a bit different, but I’m trying to get used to it and getting to know the guys and stuff like that. I’m taking it slow, but it’s been good. Everybody is super nice and the staff is awesome as well so it's been good.”
Has it been beneficial to know Jarome Iginla previously as he was on the Bruins with you last year?
“Yeah, I knew Iggy last year. I knew him, and I met Danny (Briere) quickly once. Everybody seems so nice and easy going so its been awesome.”
Do you have any sort of pregame routine you like to stick to on game days?
“I have a lot. The whole day is pretty much a routine. When I eat, what I eat, what time I come to the rink, the way I do my sticks. The whole day is a routine. There’s a lot of stuff going on in my head, just something to get focused, but if I don’t do it nothing bad is going to happen. I just do it to get focused and get ready for the game.”
Do you eat anything specifically?
“Always rice with meat sauce, chicken and broccoli before the game. I don’t remember the last time I cooked that meal. Obviously on the road we have team meals, but here we always go somewhere in Cherry Creek so it's pretty easy. I don’t cook very much.”
What do you like to do away from the rink?
“I like shopping. In general, I like to buy clothes and shoes. It’s always fun to wear new stuff, and I like buying clothes. Not much else since we’re so busy. We’ll go see a movie or I like going to dinner. Like I said I don’t cook, so I enjoy going to dinner with friends. I’m pretty easy on that side.”
What was the last movie you saw?
“Focus. I don’t know, it’s a good story, but it was a bit weird at the end. I won’t say too much, but it's pretty good. It’s a good story.”
Do you have a favorite TV show?
“I used to watch a lot of TV shows, but now I kind of slowed down a little bit. I really liked Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad was awesome. My favorite show of all time was probably Prison Break. That was a few years ago, but I loved that show.”
What’s something your new teammates may not know about you yet?
“I have five sisters. I feel like it's special because every time I tell someone they are always like, ‘Oh my god, that’s crazy! How do you survive?’ (laughing) There’s six of us and I’m the third one, so two older and three younger. So take it easy on me.”