John Carlson (ice hockey)

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John Carlson
John Carlson 2016-04-07 1.JPG
Carlson with the Capitals in 2016
Born (1990-01-10) January 10, 1990 (age 28)
Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.
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. In 2018, Carlson won his first Stanley Cup with the Capitals.

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 near the New Jersey Rockets Organization based in Newark, New Jersey for Tier II and Juniors and Somerset, New Jersey for Tier I. He attended St. Joseph High School in New Jersey for three years before he attended Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

Carlson during the 2016 playoffs.

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.[2]

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.[3]

Carlson signed a six year, $23.8 million contract extension with the Capitals on September 14, 2012.[4]

Carlson's 2015–16 season was interrupted by an injury that contributed to him playing in only 56 regular season games. Carlson was injured in late December 2015,[5] and his injury emerged again throughout the second half of the 2015–16 season.[6] Despite the injury, Carlson compiled 39 points by the end of the regular season.

In the last year of his contract, Carlson had a career year, putting up career numbers in goals and assists.[7] He played in all 82 games during the 2017–18 season, and his success helped push the Capitals to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.[8] At the conclusion of the regular season, Carlson led NHL defensemen in points and became the first Capitals defenseman since the 2009–2010 season to compile 60 points in a season.

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, Carlson signed an eight year, $64 million contract extension with the Capitals on June 24, 2018. [9]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Canada
World Junior A Challenge
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Trail

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.[10] 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 Winter 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.

Personal life[edit]

Carlson was born in Natick, Massachusetts, but grew up in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey after moving as a five-year-old.[11]

On September 6, 2014, he married his long-time girlfriend Gina Nucci,[12] and in June 2015, they had their firstborn child, a son.[13] They had their second child in May 2018.[14]

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
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 82 12 43 55 28 14 1 5 6 4
2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 56 8 31 39 14 12 5 7 12 4
2016–17 Washington Capitals NHL 72 9 28 37 10 13 2 2 4 4
2017–18 Washington Capitals NHL 82 15 53 68 32 24 5 15 20 8
NHL totals 608 77 256 333 198 100 18 37 55 36

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 4 3 7 4
2014 United States OG 4th 6 1 1 2 0
2016 United States WCH 7th 2 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 7 4 3 7 4
Senior totals 8 1 1 2 0

Awards[edit]

Junior[edit]

USHL Second All-Star Team 2007–08[15]
USHL All-Rookie Team 2007–08[15]
London Knights MVP 2008–09[15]
London Knights Booster Club Player of the Year 2008–09[15]
London Knights Best Defenseman 2008–09[15]
London Knights Rookie of the Year 2008–09[15]
London Knights Playoff Performer of the Year 2008–09[15]
World Junior Championships All-Star Team 2010[16]

Professional[edit]

AHL All-Star Game selection 2010[17]
Calder Cup 2010[3]
Stanley Cup Champion 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitals Recall WJC hero Carlson". Associated Press. 2010-01-21. Accessed 2010-01-21.
  2. ^ "LaRose's shootout goal gives Hurricanes win over Capitals". cbssports.com. March 25, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b IIHF. "Carlson does it again". 
  4. ^ "Capitals Re-sign John Carlson". NHL.com. September 14, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  5. ^ Khurshudyan, Isabelle (December 30, 2015). "John Carlson has MRI exam and is questionable to play Wednesday night". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Capitals' Carlson out 3-4 weeks: report". NHL.com. February 27, 2016. Retrieved May 5, 2018. Coach Barry Trotz said Friday the injury that kept Carlson out of the game was the same one that caused him to miss 12 games in January. 
  7. ^ "'Monster year' could land John Carlson a monster contract". ESPN.com. March 22, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  8. ^ "2017-18 Capitals Notes". NHL.com. April 10, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Capitals Re-sign John Carlson". NHL.com. June 24, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018. 
  10. ^ "New champs: USA stuns Canada". iihf.com. January 14, 2010. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ Chere, Rich. "Colonia's Carlson likely a high draft pick", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com June 19, 2008. Accessed October 10, 2017. "His birth certificate says Natick, Mass., but don't be confused: John Carlson is a Jersey boy. He moved to Colonia when he was 5, and grew up playing hockey for the New Jersey Rockets while watching his favorite player, Scott Stevens, and his favorite team, the Devils, at the Continental Airlines Arena."
  12. ^ Oland, Ian (September 6, 2014). "John Carlson Got Married Today, Looked Really Happy". russianmachineneverbreaks.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
  13. ^ Gormley, Chuck (June 17, 2015). "Carlson adds another child to Caps' family". nbcsports.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
  14. ^ @Capitals (May 5, 2018). "Barry Trotz announces John Carlson had his second child last night. Both his wife and baby boy are doing well. #ALLCAPS #CapsDads" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "Washington Capitals 2009–10 Media Guide" (PDF). Washington Capitals. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  16. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  17. ^ "PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars 2010 All-Star Game Roster". theahl.com. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 

External links[edit]

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