Born in Parry Sound, Ontario, "Stub" was a sensational amateur player with the Grimsby Peach Kings. He turned pro in 1927-28 with the Philadelphia Arrows of the Can- Am League. The following year this swift skating defenseman known to enjoy the physical game was in the National Hockey League.
Carson joined the Montreal Canadiens that season, although he also spent part of the season as loaned player to the New York Rangers. He returned to Montreal for the 1929-30 season.
That second season was one to remember for the man they called "Stub." He was a significant contributor to the Habs blue line, earning lots of playing time. He helped Les Canadiens win their second Stanley Cup championship (in the NHL) that season.
For whatever reason that was not enough to keep Carson in the NHL. For the next three seasons he was dispatched to the Providence Reds of the CAHL (forerunner of the NHL).
Carson returned to Montreal in 1932 and remained with the Habs through the next four seasons. He suffered a serious off-season knee injury in the summer of 1935, causing him to miss the entire 1935-36 season.
Carson successfully returned for one more NHL season in 1936-37, though the Canadiens had traded him. Fortunately for Carson he did not have to move very far, as they traded him across town to the arch rival Montreal Maroons.
Gerry "Stub" Carson played a total of 261 NHL games scoring 12 goals and 11 assists. He played 22 playoff games with no points.
When Carson retired he returned and worked as a salesman for the Don Brewing Company, just as he did each summer break during the hockey season. He died prematurely in 1956. He was just 53 years old.
The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is a hockey museum in Orr's home town of Parry Sound. The museum has also taken to inducting other area legends, and in 2005 they included Gerald Carson, saying "he was a tower of strength on the ice and if necessary would hit his opponents hard, but cleanly. He acquired only 205 penalty minutes in his NHL career. He never cared who scored the goals. Preventing the opposition from scoring and feeding the puck to the slick, stick handling forwards was his job on defense. Just as long as they scored, he was satisfied. He would, on occasion, zoom down the ice, leaving everyone on the opposing team behind him and if a goal wasn't scored, would return to his own end just as quickly."