During the National Hockey League’s trade deadline this past Monday, the Jordan Caron era with the Boston Bruins was over, but for a local Massachusetts native, it was a dream come true. Right up against the 3pm National Hockey League deadline, the Bruins traded Caron, and a 2016 sixth round pick to the Colorado Avalanche for forwards Maxime Talbot, and Paul Carey.
The 26 year-old Carey was born in Weymouth Massachusetts and attended Boston College, where he helped the Eagles win two national titles in his sophomore, and senior years. He appeared in 147 NCAA games for BC, and posted 45-41-86 totals in his time in Hockey East. After a decent college career at Chestnut Hill, the 6’-1” center moved on to the Avalanche organization, who drafted him back in the fifth round (135 overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters, he appeared in 171 career games totaling 40-49-89. Since coming to the Bruins organization from the trade, Carey reported to the Providence Bruins of the AHL and appeared in his first game last night scoring a first period power-play goal in a 2-1 win over the Hershey Bears at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Carey is a versatile two-way forward that has the ability to play center or a wing position. He has tremendous skating and vision on the ice, and has been known to have very good stick-handling skills in tight situations along the boards, and open ice. Size and strength are his only downfalls in reaching the NHL level as a full-time player.
In 22 career NHL games, all with the Avalanche, he has only one assist.