Lyle Carter

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Lyle Carter
Born (1945-04-29) April 29, 1945 (age 69)
Truro, NS, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for California Golden Seals
Playing career 1967–1975

Lyle Dwight Carter (born April 29, 1945 in Truro, Nova Scotia) is a former professional hockey goalie, who played briefly in the NHL. He was also an all-Canadian softball player.

A native of Brookfield, Carter began playing professional hockey in 1967–68, appearing in one game for the Toledo Blades in the IHL and two more with the Cleveland Barons. The following season he played 72 regular games and a further 15 playoff games for the Clinton Comets of the Eastern Hockey League. The following he spent split between the Comets and the Montreal Voyageurs of the AHL, appearing in 5 games for each team.

A member of the IHL's Muskegon Mohawks in 1970–1, Carter won the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable and most sportsmanlike as well as the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the goaltender with the best goals against average, as he posted a 2.43 GA and 6 shutouts in 51 games. He also appeared in one game for the Voyageurs, allowing 5 goals in two periods.

Carter played for four different teams in 1971–2, seeing his first and only NHL action. He played in 15 games that season for the California Golden Seals, allowing 50 goals in 721 minutes played for a 4.16 GA. He won 4 of 11 games, not bad for a team that won just 21 of 78 games for the season. He also played 9 games for the WHL's Salt Lake Golden Eagles, 6 for the AHL's Baltimore Clippers, and 5 play-off games for the CHL's Oklahoma City Blazers.

Carter played exclusively for Salt Lake in 1972–3, posting 16–13–6 for a win-lose-tie record in 35 games and recording a 3.58 GA, 0.894 save percentage, and one shutout. The season he posted very solid numbers for the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL, a 2.97 GA, 0.911 SV% and one shutout in 37 games. He also appeared in 10 playoff games for the Nighthawks. Carter's final year in pro hockey was 1974–5, when he appeared in 4 games for the Greensboro Generals of the SHL and 32 games with the AHL's Syracuse Eagles, where his numbers were not as good, a 5.11 GA in 32 games.

Carter was also an all-Canadian third baseman on four occasions as his club, the Brookfield Elks, advanced to the Canadian Softball Championships. He was a ten time Mainland Fastball League batting champion in Nova Scotia. He was elected to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1984.

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