Athlete Ice hockey player

John Carlson

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican ice hockey player
Is Athlete
Ice hockey player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Birth 10 January 1990, Natick
Age31 years


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

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 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. Carlson would go on to score his first NHL goal against Cam Ward of 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

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. Additionally, he was named to the WJC all-star team.

In December 2010 Carlson was named to’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 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

Carlson was born in Natick, Massachusetts, but grew up in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.

On September 6, 2014, he married his long-time girlfriend Gina Nucci, and in June, 2015, they welcomed their firstborn child, a son they named Lucca.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular seasonPlayoffs
2006–07Indiana IceUSHL20006
2007–08Indiana IceUSHL591231437241010
2008–09London KnightsOHL5916607665147152216
2008–09Hershey BearsAHL162130
2009–10Hershey BearsAHL484353926132578
2009–10Washington CapitalsNHL22156871340
2010–11Washington CapitalsNHL82730374492134
2011–12Washington CapitalsNHL829233222142358
2012–13Washington CapitalsNHL48616221870114
2013–14Washington CapitalsNHL8210273722
2014–15Washington CapitalsNHL8212435528141564
2015–16Washington CapitalsNHL5683139141257124
NHL totals45453175228156516131920


2010United StatesWJC01 !74374
2014United StatesOG4th61120
2016United StatesWCH7th20000
Junior totals74374
Senior totals81120



USHL Second All-Star Team2007–08
USHL All-Rookie Team2007–08
London Knights MVP2008–09
London Knights Booster Club Player of the Year2008–09
London Knights Best Defenseman2008–09
London Knights Rookie of the Year2008–09
London Knights Playoff Performer of the Year2008–09
World Junior Championships All-Star Team2010


AHL All-Star Game selection2010
Calder Cup2010