John Carlson (ice hockey)

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John Carlson
John Carlson 2012-01-11.JPG
Carlson with the Capitals, January 2012.
Born (1990-01-10) January 10, 1990 (age 24)
Natick, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team Washington Capitals
National team  United States
NHL Draft 27th overall, 2008
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2009–present

John Carlson (born January 10, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. He was drafted by the Capitals in the first round, 27th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Carlson was born in Natick, Massachusetts, but grew up in Colonia, New Jersey.

Playing career[edit]

Carlson began his ice hockey career with the New Jersey Rockets Youth Hockey Organization of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League.

Carlson lived in the Colonia neighborhood of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey near the New Jersey Rockets Organization based in Newark, New Jersey for Tier II and Juniors and Somerset, NJ for Tier I. He attended St. Joseph High School in New Jersey for three years before he attended Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

Carlson played in the United States Hockey League with the Indiana Ice in 2007–08, but signed to play for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in 2008–09.

Carlson made his professional debut for the Capitals' AHL affiliate Hershey Bears on May 2, 2009 in a Calder Cup playoff game versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The following night he scored his first professional goal in Game 2 of the series.

Carlson made his NHL debut for the Capitals on November 21, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On January 21, 2010, Carlson was recalled by the Capitals.[1] Carlson would go on to score his first NHL goal against Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes on March 25, 2010.

Carlson scored his first career playoff goal, which was a game tying goal with just over one minute to play in game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens, in round 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. Later that season, he scored the game winning and Calder Cup winning goal in Game Six of the Hershey Bears/Texas Stars finals.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2010 Saskatchewan

Carlson was an alternate captain for the United States in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. On January 5, 2010, Carlson scored the game-winning goal in overtime of the Gold Medal game as part of a two goal effort to beat Team Canada 6-5.[2] Additionally, he was named to the WJC all-star team.

In December 2010 Carlson was named to NHL.com's All-Time World Junior Championship team.

On January 1, 2014, Carlson was named to the USA Men's Ice Hockey Team for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. On February 13, 2014, Carlson scored Team USA's first goal of the tournament, at 15:27 of the first period of the opening match vs. Slovakia. His goal was scored on his first shot in the tournament, giving him consecutive goals on shots in international play for Team USA.

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Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Indiana Ice USHL 2 0 0 0 6
2007–08 Indiana Ice USHL 59 12 31 43 72 4 1 0 1 0
2008–09 London Knights OHL 59 16 60 76 65 14 7 15 22 16
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 16 2 1 3 0
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 48 4 35 39 26 13 2 5 7 8
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 22 1 5 6 8 7 1 3 4 0
2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 82 7 30 37 44 9 2 1 3 4
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 82 9 23 32 22 14 2 3 5 8
2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 48 6 16 22 18 7 0 1 1 4
2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 82 10 27 37 22
NHL totals 316 33 101 134 114 37 5 8 13 16

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WJC 7 4 3 7 4
2014 United States OG 4th 6 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 7 4 3 7 4
Senior totals 6 1 1 2 0

Awards[edit]

Junior[edit]

USHL Second All-Star Team 2007–08[3]
USHL All-Rookie Team 2007–08[3]
London Knights MVP 2008–09[3]
London Knights Booster Club Player of the Year 2008–09[3]
London Knights Best Defenseman 2008–09[3]
London Knights Rookie of the Year 2008–09[3]
London Knights Playoff Performer of the Year 2008–09[3]
World Junior Championships All-Star Team 2010[4]

Professional[edit]

AHL All-Star Game selection 2010[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitals Recall WJC hero Carlson". Associated Press. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  2. ^ "New champs: USA stuns Canada". iihf.com. January 14, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Washington Capitals 2009–10 Media Guide". Washington Capitals. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  4. ^ "U.S. National Junior Team Wins Gold at 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship with 6-5 Overtime Win over Canada". USA Hockey. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  5. ^ "PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars 2010 All-Star Game Roster". theahl.com. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Anton Gustafsson
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Marcus Johansson