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John Carlson

Born:Jan 10, 1990Draft:2008 Capitals, 27th Overall
Hometown:Natick, MAPosition:D
Known For:Shoots:R
National Team:USACurrent Team:Washington Capitals

John Carlson (born January 10, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and 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 after playing a year in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Indiana Ice. Before reaching the NHL, Carlson played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the London Knights and played professionally with the Capitals‘ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He also participated internationally for the United States in the 2010 World Juniors and 2014 Winter Olympics. Carlson won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Capitals in 2018, as the highest-scoring defenseman during the playoffs.

John Carlson Washington Capitals
John Carlson, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

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  • 2006-2007
    • AtJHL Offensive Defenseman of the Year
  • 2007-2008
    • USHL All-Rookie Team
    • USHL Second All-Star Team
  • 2008-2009
    • AHL Calder Cup Champion
    • CHL All-Rookie Team
    • OHL First All-Rookie Team
    • OHL Most Assists by Rookie (60)
    • OHL Second All-Star Team
  • 2009-2010
    • AHL All-Rookie Team
    • AHL All-Star Game
    • AHL Calder Cup Champion
    • U20 WJC All-Star Team
    • U20 WJC Gold Medal
    • U20 WJC Most Goals by Defenseman (3)
    • U20 WJC Scorer of the Championship Winning Goal
  • 2010-2011
    • NHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2017-2018
    • NHL Most Points by Defenseman (68)
    • NHL Playoffs Most Points by Defenseman (20)
    • NHL Stanley Cup Champion
  • 2018-2019
    • NHL All-Star Game
    • NHL Second All-Star Team
  • 2019-2020
    • NHL All-Star Game
    • NHL First All-Star Team
    • NHL Most Assists by Defenseman (60)
    • NHL Most Points by Defenseman (75)