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John Carlson (ice hockey)

John Carlson (born January 10, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Capitals in the first round, 27th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Carlson won the Stanley Cup in 2018 with the Capitals, as the highest scoring defenseman during the playoffs.

John Carlson
John Carlson 2016-04-07 1.JPG
Carlson with the Capitals in 2016
Born (1990-01-10) January 10, 1990 (age 29)
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

Playing careerEdit

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 (USHL) with the Indiana Ice in 2007–08, but signed to play for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2008–09.

Carlson made his professional debut for the Capitals' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears, on May 2, 2009, in a Calder Cup playoff game against 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] On March 25, 2010, Carlson scored his first NHL goal, against Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes.[2]

In Game 2 of the Capitals' 2010 Stanley Cup playoff first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens, Carlson scored his first NHL playoff goal, tying the game with just over one minute to play in regulation. After the Capitals' elimination in the playoffs, Carlson rejoined the Hershey Bears in their playoff campaign and scored the game- and Calder Cup-winning goal in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Final against the Texas Stars.[3]

On September 14, 2010, Carlson signed a six-year, $23.8 million contract extension with the Capitals.[4]

Carlson's 2015–16 season was interrupted by an injury that limited to him playing just 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 scored 39 points by the end of the regular season.

During the 2017–18 season, 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 regular season, and his success helped push the Capitals to the 2018 playoffs.[8] At the conclusion of the regular season, Carlson led NHL defensemen in points and became the first Capitals defenseman since Mike Green in the 2009–10 season to score 60 points in a season.

On June 24, 2018, having just won the Stanley Cup with Washington, Carlson signed an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with the Capitals.[9]

Returning to the Washington lineup after an injury for a November 11, 2018, for a game against the Arizona Coyotes, Carlson skated in his 623rd career game as a defenseman, passing Sylvain Côté for sixth place in games played for the Capitals.[10] He had missed one game with a lower-body injury announced on November 9, 2018.[11]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   United States
ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2010 Canada
World Junior A Challenge
  2007 Trail

Carlson was an alternate captain for the United States in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. On January 5, 2010, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of the gold medal game as part of a two-goal effort to defeat Canada 6–5.[12] Additionally, he was named to the tournament's 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 U.S. roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. On February 13, 2014, he scored the Americans' first goal of the tournament, at 15:27 of the first period of the nation's opening match against Slovakia. His goal was scored on his first shot in the tournament, giving him consecutive goals on shots in international play for the U.S.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[13]

On September 6, 2014, Carlson married his long-time girlfriend Gina Nucci,[14] and in June 2015, they had their firstborn child, a son.[15] They had their second child in May 2018.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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
2018–19 Washington Capitals NHL 80 13 57 70 34 7 0 5 5 6
NHL totals 688 90 313 403 232 107 18 42 60 42

InternationalEdit

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
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 and honorsEdit

Award Year
USHL
Second All-Star Team 2008 [17]
All-Rookie Team 2008 [17]
OHL
First All-Rookie Team 2009
Second All-Star Team 2009
CHL All-Rookie Team 2009
AHL
Calder Cup (Hershey Bears) 2009, 2010 [3]
All-Star Game 2010 [18]
All-Rookie Team 2010
NHL
All-Rookie Team 2011
Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals) 2018 [19]
All-Star Game 2019
All-Star Skills Competition "Hardest Shot" winner 2019
Second All-Star Team 2019 [20]
International
WJC All-Star Team 2010 [21]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Thompson, Geoff (2018-11-11). "Capitals vs. Coyotes Recap: Arizona Averts Caps' Comeback Attempt". Japers' Rink. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  11. ^ Oland, Ian (2018-11-09). "John Carlson out day-to-day with lower-body injury, Jonas Siegenthaler to make NHL debut". Russian Machine Never Breaks. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  12. ^ "New champs: USA stuns Canada". iihf.com. January 14, 2010. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010.
  13. ^ 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."
  14. ^ Oland, Ian (September 6, 2014). "John Carlson Got Married Today, Looked Really Happy". russianmachineneverbreaks.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  15. ^ Gormley, Chuck (June 17, 2015). "Carlson adds another child to Caps' family". nbcsports.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  16. ^ @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.
  17. ^ a b "Washington Capitals 2009–10 Media Guide" (PDF). Washington Capitals. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  18. ^ "PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars 2010 All-Star Game Roster". theahl.com. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  19. ^ "The Washington Capitals, after years of frustration, win the Stanley Cup". The New York Times. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  20. ^ "NHL names 2018-19 All-Star teams". National Hockey League. June 20, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "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.

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