Bobby Carpenter (ice hockey)
July 13, 1963 |
Beverly, MA, USA
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Washington Capitals
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||3rd overall, 1981
Robert E. Carpenter, Jr. (born July 13, 1963) is a former professional ice hockey center who played in the National Hockey League for 18 seasons from 1981–82 until 1998–99. In his NHL career that spanned 18 years, Carpenter played 1,178 games, scoring 320 goals and 408 assists for 728 points. He has the distinction of being the first U.S. citizen to play in the National Hockey League directly from high school, and the first U.S.-born hockey player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.
Bobby Carpenter was selected third overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft out of St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts. In February 23, 1981 issue of Sports Illustrated, Carpenter was featured in a cover story that chronicled his potential. He was the first U.S. born hockey player to be featured on the cover of SI. During his first tour with the Capitals, he would have his best statistical season during 1984-85 when he scored 53 goals and 42 assists and was the first US-born player to score 50 goals in a season. He was invited to play in the 1985 NHL All-Star game and he also participated in the 1984 Canada Cup as a member of Team USA.
Primarily due to his epic clashes with head coach Bryan Murray, the Capitals traded Carpenter to the New York Rangers in the deal that sent Mike Ridley and Kelly Miller to Washington during the middle of the 1986–87 NHL season. Later in the season, he would be dealt again, to the Los Angeles Kings in the trade that sent Marcel Dionne to the Rangers. He finished the 1986–87 season with the United States team at the 1987 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Moscow after the Kings were eliminated in the first round of the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs. Carpenter represented the US nationals for the final time in the 1987 Canada Cup.
Carpenter was traded to the Boston Bruins during the 1988–89 NHL season, and a year later he would help guide the Bruins to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. By this stage of his career, Carpenter was contributing more as a defensive-minded center than the high-scoring superstar whom he was once projected to be.
Carpenter signed with the Capitals in 1992 and spent one season in his second tour with the team that originally drafted him. In 1993, he signed with the New Jersey Devils, where he would play for the final six seasons of his NHL career. It was during his time with the Devils that he would help the team win their first Stanley Cup in the lockout-shortened 1994–95 NHL season. After retirement, Bobby Carpenter stayed on as an assistant coach, winning two more cups with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003.
Awards and achievements
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1985)
- Scored an assist on a goal by Ryan Walter after only 12 seconds of his debut game against the Buffalo Sabres on the 7th of October, 1981. This is still the quickest assist by a player in their first game.
- Stanley Cup Champion: 1995 (player); 2000, 2003 (coach)
His daughter Alexandra Carpenter played for Team USA Women's U-18 National Women's Hockey Team as just a sophomore in high school.
|1986–87||New York Rangers||NHL||28||2||8||10||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||10||2||3||5||6||5||1||2||3||2|
|1987–88||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||71||19||33||52||84||5||1||1||2||0|
|1988–89||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||39||11||15||26||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||New Jersey Devils||NHL||76||10||23||33||51||20||1||7||8||20|
|1994–95||New Jersey Devils||NHL||41||5||11||16||19||17||1||4||5||6|
|1995–96||New Jersey Devils||NHL||52||5||5||10||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||New Jersey Devils||NHL||62||4||15||19||14||10||1||2||3||2|
|1997–98||New Jersey Devils||NHL||66||9||9||18||22||6||1||0||1||0|
|1998–99||New Jersey Devils||NHL||56||2||8||10||36||7||0||0||0||2|
He is currently the Director of Program Development for the Valley Jr. Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. His work for the Toronto Maple Leafs since the fall of 2009 consists of being a development coach for players from the time they were drafted into the organization until they turn professional, scouting US College and QMJHL hockey, and steering free agents Toronto's way.
He lives with his wife and has three children, all of whom excel with sports. His oldest child, his daughter Alex, plays for the 2014 Womens USA Hockey team (Winter Olympics). His middle and youngest child, both sons, play for their high school. 
- Swift, E.M. (23 February 1981). "No Way They're Going To Hold Him Back". Sports Illustrated: 26–29. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- Weekes, Don (2004). The Unofficial Guide To Even More Of Hockey's Most Unusual Records. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 240. ISBN 9781553650621.
- Damien Cox in the Toronto Star
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- Bob Carpenter's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Bob Carpenter's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Washington Capitals first round draft pick