Jeff Carter

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Jeff Carter
Jeff Carter Canada.JPG
Carter pictured with Team Canada
Born (1985-01-01) January 1, 1985 (age 29)
London, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre / Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2003
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2004–present

Jeff Carter (born January 1, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). During his NHL career, he won the 2012 Stanley Cup, he has appeared in one All-Star Game in 2009, and led the Philadelphia Flyers – for whom he played six seasons – in scoring during the 2008-09 season; his 46 goals during that season were good for second overall in the NHL. Carter also played 39 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2011-12 NHL season before being traded to Los Angeles.

He is good friends with Mike Richards, his teammate from both the Flyers and Kings.

Carter played junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for four seasons, earning OHL First Team All-Star, William Hanley Trophy and CHL Sportsman of the Year honours in his final year. Joining the Flyers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, immediately after his junior career, he helped the team win the Calder Cup in 2005.

Internationally, Carter has won gold medals with Team Canada at the under-18, under-20 levels and at the Olympics. During his under-20 career, he tied as Canada's all-time leading scorer at the World Juniors and was named to back-to-back Tournament All-Star Teams. He has also represented Canada at the 2006 IIHF World Championship.


Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Carter played minor hockey in London, Ontario with the London Jr. Knights rep program. He played bantam hockey with the AAA Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) before spending a season with the Strathroy Rockets, a Junior B team.

Carter was selected in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 2001 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He began his OHL career in 2001–02, recording 35 points over 63 games as a rookie. The following season, he improved to 71 points. In the off-season, the Philadelphia Flyers selected him 11th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Returning to the Greyhounds following his draft, he earned Second Team OHL All-Star honours in 2003–04 with a 66-point campaign. Following his third OHL season, he was assigned by the Flyers to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms for their 2005 Calder Cup playoff season. He recorded 5 points over 12 games in his initial stint at the professional level. Back in the OHL for his final junior season in 2004–05, he recorded a major junior career-high 74 points (34 goals and 40 assists) in 55 games. He was a First Team OHL All-Star that season and won the OHL and CHL Sportsman of the Year Awards. After the Greyhounds were eliminated from the 2005 OHL playoffs, Carter joined the Phantoms once more and recorded 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 21 playoff games, helping the team win the Calder Cup.

Carter playing for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2006–07 season.

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

The next season, in 2005–06, Carter made the Flyers out of training camp. He was joined by fellow rookies Mike Richards and R. J. Umberger, who were both also instrumental in the Phantoms' Calder Cup championship of the previous season. He scored his first career NHL goal on October 27, 2005, against Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers. He finished the campaign first in team-scoring among rookies with 23 goals and 42 points.

After 37- and 53-point efforts, in his second and third NHL seasons, Carter and the Flyers agreed to a 3-year, $15-million contract extension, on June 27, 2008, days before he was set to become a restricted free agent. He responded with a breakout campaign in 2008–09, leading the team in scoring with 46 goals and 84 points. During the season, he was named to his first NHL All-Star Game, representing the Eastern Conference. Despite a strong regular season, Carter was held to just 1 goal in 6 playoff games as the Flyers were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. His series was also marred when he failed to score with an open net in front of him in Game 2 of the series, where Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a toe save to block the shot that would have given the Flyers a 3-1 lead late in the third period. Carter was later called off for a hooking penalty and the Penguins scored to tie the game and eventually win in overtime. It was later revealed that Carter had played the final four games of the series with a separated shoulder.[1]

On November 13, 2010, Carter signed an 11-year, $58 Million contract extension with the Flyers through to the 2021–2022 season. The deal features a full no-trade clause from 2012–15, followed by a limited no-trade clause thereafter.[2][3]

Columbus Blue Jackets[edit]

Carter during his short tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011–12 season.

While in the midst of a major re-tooling, the Flyers traded Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, a 2011 first round pick and a 2011 third round pick.[4]

Carter has a history of sustaining foot and knee injuries that have kept him out of the lineup during crucial stretches. This includes the 2009-10 playoffs, when the Flyers went to the Cup Finals, the 2010-11 playoffs, and a few weeks near the start of the 2011-12 season with his new team, the Blue Jackets, who subsequently got off to the worst start of any team in the previous nineteen years of NHL history.[5][6][7]

Despite being injured in the start of the season, Carter was named an alternate captain with the Blue Jackets, one of four rotating alternates along with James Wisniewski, RJ Umberger, and Antoine Vermette. [8]

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

On February 23, 2012, Carter was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick, reuniting him with former Philadelphia Flyer and close friend Mike Richards.[9]

On June 11, 2012, Carter scored the eventual Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils.[10] He would finish the playoffs with eight goals and five assists.

During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL Season, Carter scored 26 goals along with 7 assists playing in all 48 regular season games.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2014 Sochi
World Junior Championships
Gold 2005 United States
Silver 2004 Finland
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2003 Russia

Carter debuted internationally with Team Canada at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships. He scored 6 points in 7 games, helping Canada to their first gold medal at the tournament.

The following year, Carter moved on to the Canadian national under-20 team, playing in back-to-back World Junior Championships. Winning silver in 2004 and gold in 2005, he was named to the tournament's All-Star Team in both instances. His combined 12 goals over both years tied him with Eric Lindros (later also tied by John Tavares) for Canada's all-time record at the World Juniors. Lindros had played in three tournaments between 1990 and 1992 (one more than both Carter and Tavares). Carter had been joined on the World Junior squads by two future Flyers teammates, Mike Richards and Braydon Coburn.

Following his rookie NHL season, Carter played for the Canadian men's team at the 2006 World Championships. He recorded six points in nine games as Canada failed to qualify for a medal. He was also selected as a reserve by Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics should an injury occur.[11]

He played for Canada at the 2014 Olympics,he scored a natural hattrick against Austria and ended up winning gold.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Strathroy Rockets GOHL 49 27 20 47 10
2001–02 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 18 17 35 12 4 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 61 35 36 71 55 4 0 2 2 2
2003–04 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 57 36 30 66 26
2003–04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 12 4 1 5 0
2004–05 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 55 34 40 74 40 7 5 5 10 6
2004–05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 3 0 1 1 4 21 12 11 23 12
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 23 19 42 40 6 0 0 0 10
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 62 14 23 37 48
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 29 24 53 55 17 6 5 11 12
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 46 38 84 68 6 1 0 1 8
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 33 28 61 38 12 5 2 7 2
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 36 30 66 39 6 1 1 2 2
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 39 15 10 25 14
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 16 6 3 9 2 20 8 5 13 4
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 26 7 33 16 18 6 7 13 14
NHL totals 564 228 182 410 320 85 27 20 47 52

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WJ18 7 2 4 6 2
2004 Canada WJC 6 5 2 7 2
2005 Canada WJC 6 7 3 10 6
2006 Canada WC 9 4 2 6 2
2014 Canada Oly 6 3 2 5 2
Junior int'l totals 19 14 9 23 10
Senior int'l totals 15 7 4 11 4

Awards[edit]

Carter at the 2012 Stanley Cup parade.

Major junior[edit]

Professional[edit]

International[edit]

  • Named to the World Junior All-Star Team in 2004[12] and 2005.
  • Won a World Junior gold medal with Team Canada in 2005.
  • Won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with Team Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flyers' Carter played with separated shoulder". Philadelphia Inquirer. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-05-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ Panaccio, Tim (2010-11-13). "Flyers and Carter Agree to 11-year Deal". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  3. ^ Gormley, Chuck (2010-11-14). "Flyers extend Carter 11 years". Cherry Hill Courier Post. Retrieved 2010-11-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Flyers ship Carter to Blue Jackets for Voracek and picks". The Sports Network. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  5. ^ 2010 NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers' Jeff Carter participate in full practice - ESPN
  6. ^ Flyers Notes: Flyers' Carter likely to play in conference semifinals - Philly.com
  7. ^ Worst start in 19 years | BlueJackets Xtra
  8. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2011-10-07/jeff-carter-james-wisniewski-among-blue-jackets-alternate-captains
  9. ^ Lisa Dillman; Helene Elliott (Feb 23, 2012). "Kings acquire Jeff Carter from Blue Jackets for Jack Johnson". LA Times. Retrieved Feb 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings - Boxscore - June 11, 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=310072
  12. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.530, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Joni Pitkanen
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Mike Richards