Anson Carter

Canadian ice hockey player

Anson Carter (born June 6, 1974) is a Canadian retired ice hockey right winger. He played for the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He also played for the HC Lugano of the National League A (NLA). He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and he grew up in Scarborough, Ontario.

Anson Carter
Carter with the Canucks in 2005
Born (1974-06-06) June 6, 1974 (age 50)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Washington Capitals
Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Vancouver Canucks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Carolina Hurricanes
HC Lugano
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 220th overall, 1992
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1996–2008



Before playing in the NHL, Carter played 4 years of college hockey with the Michigan State University Spartans. During his time with the Spartans, Carter was named to the CCHA First All-Star Team in 1994 and 1995, the Second All-Star Team in 1996, and the NCAA West Second All-American Team in 1995.[1]

He was drafted 220th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. On April 3, 1996, the Nordiques' successor, the Colorado Avalanche, traded him to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.[1] He made his NHL debut in the 1996–97 NHL season and he split his time between the Capitals and their AHL-affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

On March 1, 1997, the Capitals traded Carter along with Jim Carey, Jason Allison and their 3rd round choice (Lee Goren) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft to the Boston Bruins in exchange for the Bill Ranford, Adam Oates and Rick Tocchet.[1] After he spent parts of 4 seasons with the Bruins, they traded him along with Boston's 1st (Aleš Hemský) and 2nd (Doug Lynch) round choices in 2001 NHL Entry Draft to the Edmonton Oilers for Bill Guerin and one of their first round picks (Shaone Morrisonn).[1] During his second season with the Oilers, Carter was able to record career-highs in assists (32) and points (60).

The Oilers traded Carter along with Aleš Píša to the New York Rangers in exchange for Radek Dvořák and Cory Cross on March 11, 2003.[1]

After the 2002–03 NHL season ended, Carter was chosen to play Team Canada in the 2003 World Championships. After 14 minutes into the first overtime of the gold medal game against Sweden, Carter scored on Swedish goaltender Mikael Tellqvist with a wraparound goal. The goal was challenged for several minutes before the replays confirmed that Tellqvist had stopped the puck behind the goal line. The win gave Canada their first World Championship win in five years.[2]

Carter played half a season with the Rangers. On January 23, 2004, the Rangers traded Carter back to the Capitals in exchange for Jaromír Jágr.[1] His second stint with the Capitals only lasted for 19 games before he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Jared Aulin on March 8, 2004.[1] He only played 15 games for the Kings.

After he became an unrestricted free agent, Carter signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks on August 16, 2005.[3] During his time with the Canucks, Carter played on the second offensive line with identical twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, where the trio were known informally as the "Brothers Line".[4] He also set a career high in goals with 33, leading the team, and he earned the Canucks' Most Exciting Player Award. Carter and the Canucks had a contract dispute and he did not resign with them.[5]

On September 13, 2006, Carter signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[6] He played 1 season with the Blue Jackets. Columbus traded Carter to the Carolina Hurricanes for Carolina's fifth-round pick (Tomáš Kubalík) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on February 23, 2007.[7]

Carter rejoined the Edmonton Oilers on a try-out basis during their training camp in September 2007. He played one exhibition game with them before he was released on October 2, 2007.[8] Carter decided to travel to Switzerland and signed with HC Lugano of the National League A (NLA). Carter retired from playing professional ice hockey in 2008.

Carter founded Big Up Entertainment, a record label that specializes in hip hop music in March 2005.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Anson Carter - Notes". NHL. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  2. "Canada beats Sweden to win world title". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  3. "Anson Carter Signs With Canucks". Vancouver Canucks. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  4. "Sedins debate pucks, bad habits, Mrs. Tiger Woods". ESPN. 28 November 2006. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  5. "Anson Carter: Where would the Sedins be without me?". The Province. Archived from the original on 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  6. "Blue Jackets, with eye on Zherdev, sign veteran Carter; Flyers GM Clarke angry". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  7. "Blue Jackets Trade Carter to Carolina for Fifth Round Pick". Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  8. "ESPN NHL #33 Anson Carter". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  9. "Life off the Ice". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-10-30.

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