Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League have claimed defenseman Phil Caron off Ontario Hockey League waivers from the Soo Greyhounds, Hockey News North has confirmed.
Caron had played sparingly for the Soo since the Greyhounds signed him as a free agent from the erstwhile Iroquois Falls Eskimos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League prior to the start of the 2017-2018 season.
Hailing from the northeastern Ontario town of Timmins, Caron was an NOJHL standout as a 16-year old with Iroquois Falls in 2016-2017. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound, right-handed shooting defender with a 2000 birth date had 7 goals, 34 assists, 41 points in 53 NOJHL games with Iroquois Falls.
Caron made the Greyhounds as a training camp invitee last fall but played in just 20 regular season games for the Soo, picking up two assists.
He had played in just one game for the Greyhounds this 2018-2019 campaign and was a healthy scratch on several occasions on a Soo team that, like last season, was deep in defensemen.
Caron is slated to make his QMJHL debut with Gatineau this week as the Olympiques play four games in a five day span.