Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kent Carlson
Montreal drafted Carlson 32nd overall in 1982, during his college career at St. Lawrence University. He played all of 1983-84 with the Habs, but their blueline was chock full of stars and he only played sparingly for two seasons except when he was requested to fight. The result was a torrent of injuries from broken hands and a nose, damaged tendons and shoulders, slipped discs in his neck.

"Every time the phone rang at five in the morning, we knew he was injured again," his mother said. A trade sent Carlson to St. Louis, but he had a serious spinal fusion operation that forced him to miss all of 1986-87 and further caused nerve damage in his right arm. He returned for two games in the playoffs almost two years later, and two more with Washington in 1988-89 before packing it in.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 St. Lawrence University ECAC 28 8 14 22 24
1982-83 St. Lawrence University ECAC 35 10 23 33 56
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 3 7 10 73 -15
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 1 1 2 33 +1
1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 13 1 4 5 7 2 1 1 2 0
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 35 11 15 26 79
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 2 3 5 42 +2 5 0 0 0 11
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHLMGNT
1987-88 Peoria Rivermen IHL 52 5 16 21 88
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 2 1 0 1 0 +2
1988-89 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 28 2 8 10 69
NHL Totals 113 7 11 18 148 8 0 0 0 13


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1983) Missed majority of 1984-85 due to hand injury vs. NY Islanders, January 8, 1985. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal for Graham Herring and St. Louis' 5th round choice (Eric Aubertin) in 1986 Entry Draft, January 31, 1986.
Missed entire 1986-87 due to spinal fusion surgery. Traded to Winnipeg by St. Louis with St. Louis' 12th round choice (Sergei Kharin) in 1989 Entry Draft and 4th round choice (Scott Levins) in 1990 Entry Draft for Peter Douris, September 29, 1988. Traded to Washington by Winnipeg for future considerations, October 19, 1988.