BostonBruins.com – At 21 years of age, Jordan Caron is working towards earning a full-time role for the B’s. The Bruins forward says that being around hard-working farmers in his rural corner of Quebec inspired him to work hard and leave everything on the ice.
The Sayabec native can also draw inspiration from his workout partner, Patrice Bergeron, who knows what it takes to hit the NHL scene at a young age.
The pair has been working their legs to the point of exhaustion in offseason agility exercises to improve explosiveness and lateral movement.
“We did some explosion stuff on the field and that’s what we did on the ice too,” Caron said.
Caron sounded a lot like Bergeron describing his passion to improve, and not just because they’re both from Quebec.
“Some quick feet and stuff like that,” he said regarding what he’s improving upon. “So I think that’s really good for me and I got a lot better in the last couple seasons and I think every year I’m going to keep getting better.”
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender and Quebec native, Mathieu Garon, who also trains with the pair in the summer, couldn’t help but notice Caron has an incredible role-model.
“Patrice is a real leader and it’s good for Jordan to see him, he kind of took him under his wing and he’s taking care of him,” Garon said. “Patrice is probably the best example on and off the ice.”
Caron and Bergeron have taken to offseason workouts, with a shorter postseason than any Bruin would have liked.
“Well obviously there’s some unfinished business when you’re done in the first round and that’s something that you want to bring in your workouts and bring over the summer and try to work on things and get better,” he said.
“You want to be hungrier when you come to training camp and obviously during the season.”
Although Caron didn’t have the chance to play in the playoffs during the Stanley Cup run, being around the Black & Gold certainly provided motivation for the future.
“I saw everything and it makes me want to be a part of it and makes me want to play,” he said.
“It wasn’t fun this year coming back after the first round, and it makes you want to go all the way again and play and be more involved.”
For Caron, anything short of winning a Stanley Cup is unsatisfying.
“Winning the Cup in 2011 was something very special, a dream come true, but once you taste it you want more and you want to relive it because it’s the best feeling ever and that’s the only feeling that you’re satisfied.”
As for Caron’s development, being under Bergeron’s wing can only be a positive. Just ask young players such as Tyler Seguin or Brad Marchand, who were the top two goal scorers on the team last season as wings on Bergeron’s line.