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Jimmy Carson
Born July 20, 1968 (1968-07-20) (age 53)
Southfield, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Edmonton Oilers
Detroit Red Wings
Vancouver Canucks
Hartford Whalers
Lausanne (Swiss)
Detroit Vipers (IHL)
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1986
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1986–1998

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.

Achievements

  • 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.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 49 51 100 36 7 2 1 3 6
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 1 2 3 0
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
1993–94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 34 10 7 17 22 2 0 1 1 0
1994–95 Hartford Whalers NHL 38 9 10 19 29
1995–96 Lausanne HC NDA 13 3 4 7 14
1995–96 Hartford Whalers NHL 11 1 0 1 0
1996–97 Detroit Vipers IHL 18 7 16 23 4 13 4 6 10 12
1997–98 Detroit Vipers IHL 49 10 28 38 34 9 3 4 7 6
NHL totals 626 275 286 561 254 55 17 15 32 22

International

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1986 United States WJC 7 4 1 5 0
1987 United States WC 10 2 3 5 4
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