Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack Carlson
Yes, he had a big nose. That was his physical signature piece off the ice, but on the ice he was a tough customer besides. After playing four years in the WHA he joined Minnesota of the NHL, the team that had acquired his rights from Detroit. He became instantly popular for his physical play, and the organist at the Met Centre played the theme music from 'Jaws" when he first appeared on the ice each night.

But on April 4, 1979 he Carlson suffered a serious back injury that required spinal fusion at the Mayo Clinic. He was out of the league for a year and a half, returning November 7, 1980. He played two years with the Blues from 1982-84, but his career was not quite done yet. Unhappy as an airfreight salesman and playing shinny twice a week in Minnesota, he came out of retirement in November 1986, some thirty months after having last played. Eight games later, he was done for good.

Jack missed his big acting break in 1974-75. While playing for Johnstown, the movie Slap Shot was being made. Jack's two brothers, Jeff and Steve, were stars of the flick, and Jack was supposed to be the third brother, all of whom were terrorizing the league with their hits and fights. But when he was recalled by the Minnesota Fighting Saints just prior to filming, his part had to be given to Dave Hanson.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Minnesota Rangers USHL 35 15 18 33 49
1973-74 Marquette Iron Rangers USHL 42 42 29 71 159
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 32 5 5 10 85 10 1 2 3 41
1974-75 Johnstown Jets NAPro 50 27 22 49 248
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 58 8 10 18 189
1975-76 Edmonton Oilers WHA 10 1 1 2 31 4 0 0 0 4
1976-77 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 36 4 3 7 55
1976-77 New England Whalers WHA 35 7 5 12 81 5 1 1 2 9
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 67 9 20 29 192 9 1 1 2 14
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 34 2 7 9 61
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 16 3 0 3 40 +2
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHLMGNT
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 43 7 2 9 108 -5 15 1 2 3 50
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 57 8 4 12 103 -5 1 0 0 0 15
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 6 1 7 58 -3 4 0 0 0 5
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 6 8 14 95 +9 5 0 0 0 2
1984-85
1985-86
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 8 0 0 0 13 0
NHL Totals 236 30 15 45 417 25 1 2 3 72


Brother of Steve Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1974. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WHA) after Minnesota (WHA) franchise folded, March 10, 1976. Claimed by Calgary (WHA) from Edmonton in 1976 WHA Intra-League Draft, June, 1976. Sold to Edmonton (WHA) by Minnesota (WHA) with Mike Antonovich, Bill Butters, Dave Keon, Jean-Louis Levasseur, Steve Carlson and John McKenzie fror cash, January, 1977. Traded to New England (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) with Dave Keon, Steve Carlson, Dave Dryden and John McKenzie for future considerations (Dave Debol, June, 1977), Dan Arndt and cash, January, 1977. Rights traded to Minnesota by Detroit for future considerations, July 27, 1978. Traded to Minnesota by New England (WHA) for future considerations, February 1, 1979.
Missed entire 1979-80 due to back surgery. Claimed by St. Louis from Minnesota in Waiver Draft, October 4, 1982. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, November, 1986.