John Carlson
John Carlson.jpg
Position Defense
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (0 m)
218 lb (99 kg)
NHL Team Washington Capitals
Born January 10 1990 (1990-01-10) (age 30),
Natick, MA, USA
NHL Draft 27th overall, 2008
Washington Capitals
Pro 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.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

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

Carlson lived in Colonia, NJ near the Rockets Organization based in Newark,NJ for Tier II and Juniors and Somerset, NJ for Tier I. He attended St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, 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 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 | edit source]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.png United States of America
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.

Awards[edit | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

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

Professional[edit | edit source]

AHL All-Star Game selection 2010[4]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    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
OHL totals 59 16 60 76 65 14 7 15 22 16
AHL totals 48 4 35 39 26 29 4 6 10 8
NHL totals 104 8 35 43 52 16 3 4 7 4

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2010 Flag of the United States United States WJC 7 4 3 7 4 +8

References[edit | edit source]

  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. 
  3. 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 on 2010-04-20.
  4. PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars 2010 All-Star Game Roster. theahl.com. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.

External links[edit | edit source]

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


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