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Los Angeles Kings #77 Jeff Carter Turns 29

January 2nd, 2014 at 12:07 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

On January 1, 2014, NHL All-Star Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings turned 29. Let’s take a look at the center’s career thus far.

Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Carter started out by playing minor hockey for the London Jr. Knights rep program. He played bantam hockey with the AAA Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) before spending a season with the Strathroy Rockets, a Junior B team.

In the 2001 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Carter was selected in the 1st round (3rd overall pick). He played there for two seasons before the Philadelphia Flyers selected him 11th overall in 2003 NHL Draft. After being drafted, he returned to the OHL playing junior for four seasons. He earned the OHL First Team All-Star Award, William Hanley Trophy, and CHL Sportsman of the Year in his final year.

Carter joined the Flyers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, immediately after his junior career, helping the team win the Calder Cup in 2005. In the offseason, he made the Flyers team out of training camp alongside fellow rookie and now close friend Mike Richards. In 2006-07 he started his career with the Flyers in the NHL. He led the Flyers with goals scored in the 2008-09 season, and was second overall in the NHL. Before the start of the 2011-12 season, the Flyers traded Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, a 2011 first round pick and a 2011 third round pick.

On February 23, 2012, Carter was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick, reuniting him with Richards. That year he helped the Kings win their first ever Stanley Cup.

Internationally, Carter debuted for Team Canada at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships. He has also played back-to-back for the World Junior Championships (silver in 2004; gold in 2005) and was named to the tournament’s All-Star Team both times. He is tied with Eric Lindros & John Tavares for Canada’s all-time record at the World Juniors (12 goals each). At the 2006 World Championships, he played for the Canadian Men’s Team. For the 2010 Winter Olympics he was selected as a reserve by Team Canada in case an injury occurred. He is also being considered for Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Carter has played to this day 595 career NHL games, totaling 434 points (241G-193A), a plus-43 rating, and has 50 game winning goals for the regular season. He has played in 85 playoff contests, totaling 47 points (27G-20A), minus-8 rating, and has five game winning goals. Carter also has five career hat-tricks.

In his person life, Carter has a girlfriend named Megan Elizabeth who is strongly involved in the Kings Care Foundation.

Here’s to many more accomplishments for the talented center!

Tags: Hockey, Jeff Carter, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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