Lyle Carter
Position Goalie
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
188 lb (85 kg)
Teams California Golden Seals
Born April 29 1945 (1945-04-29) (age 74),
Truro, NS, CAN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 1967 – 1975

Lyle Carter (born April 29, 1945 in Truro, Nova Scotia) is a former professional hockey goalie, who played briefly in the NHL.

He played junior hockey for the Brampton Seven Ups in 1962-63, and then played senior hockey for teams in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Carter began playing professional hockey in 1967–68 after he was signed by the Montreal Canadiens. He appeared 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 was traded to the California Golden Seals in 1971. He then played for four different teams in 1971–2, seeing his first and only NHL action. He played in 15 games that season for the 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.


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