Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Anson Carter
A true, feel good story. Carter was one of the last players drafted in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, 200th to be exact, by the Quebec Nordiques. After four years of patience at Michigan State, where he fine tuned his hockey skills in hopes of making the NHL, Carter was traded to the Washington Capitals for nothing more than a 4th-round draft choice.

Undetered, Anson went to camp and impressed the Caps coaching staff enough to play part of the season with the team. But after just 19 games, he was dealt to the Boston Bruins with Jim Carey, Jason Allison, and a draft choice for Bill Ranford, Adam Oates, and Rick Tocchet in the year's biggest trade.

In Boston, Carter developed into a bona fide NHLer. Big and strong, with soft hands around the net, Carter averaged 20 goals a season with the Bruins. He held out as a free agent in 2000. Boston replied by trading Carter to the Edmonton Oilers, along with two draft picks for fellow power-forward Bill Guerin and future considerations. Anson reached star status with the Oilers, nearly making Canada's roster for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

In the stretch run of the 2002-03 season, the financially-strapped Oilers traded Carter, a soon-to-be free agent, to the New York Rangers. Carter failed to catapult the Rangers into the playoffs, but matched his career high of 60 points.

Carter has also experienced considerable success internationally for Canada, winning gold at the World Juniors in 1994 and at the World Championships in 1997 and 2003, including scoring the gold-winning goal in overtime in 2003.

In 2003-04, Carter and the Rangers were struggling and the team had been contemplating the acquisition of Washington Capital forward Jaromir Jagr. Shortly after the Christmas break, all the rumours became true as Jagr landed in the Big Apple and going the other way was Carter. The former Michigan State Spartan played in a mere 19 games with the Caps before being dealt to the Los Angeles Kings just prior to the trading deadline.

Upon his arrival with the Kings, Carter went on to play 15 games with the club before opting to sign as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks following the 2004-05 NHL lock out season.

As a member of the Canucks, Carter tallied a career high 33 goals on a line with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Carter however was not re-signed by the club following his most productive season at the time.

Following a long summer, Anson Carter signed a one year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets in September of 2006. Carter's stint with the Blue Jackets was short lived however, after only 53 games the club dealt him to the Carolina Hurricanes for a fifth round draft pick in 2008.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Don Mills Flyers MTHL 40 15 47 62 105
1990-91 Don Mills Flyers MTHL 67 69 73 142 43
1991-92 Wexford Raiders ON-Jr.A 42 18 22 40 24
1992-93 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 34 15 7 22 20
1993-94 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 39 30 24 54 36
1993-94 Canada WJC-A 7 3 2 5 0
1994-95 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 39 34 17 51 40
1995-96 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 42 23 20 43 36
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 19 3 2 5 7 0
1996-97 Portland Pirates AHL 27 19 19 38 11
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 19 8 5 13 2 -7
1996-97 Canada WC-A 11 4 2 6 4
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 78 16 27 43 31 +7 6 1 1 2 0
1998-99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 6 1 1 2 0 -2
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 55 24 16 40 22 +7 12 4 3 7 0
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 59 22 25 47 14 +8
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 16 26 42 23 +1 6 3 1 4 4
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 28 32 60 25 +3
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 25 30 55 20 -11
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 11 1 4 5 6 0
2002-03 Canada WC-A 9 2 1 3 8 +1
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 43 10 7 17 14 -12
2003-04 Washington Capitals NHL 19 5 5 10 6 +2
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 15 0 1 1 0 -5
2004-05
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 33 22 55 41 -1
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 54 10 17 27 16 -1
2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 1 0 1 2 -3
2007-08 HC Lugano Swiss 15 3 5 8 22
NHL Totals 674 202 219 421 229 24 8 5 13 4


CCHA First All-Star Team (1994, 1995)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1995)
CCHA Second All-Star Team (1996)
Rights transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Washington by Colorado for Washington's 4th round choice (Ben Storey) in 1996 Entry Draft, April 3, 1996. Traded to Boston by Washington with Jim Carey, Jason Allison and Washington's 3rd round choice (Lee Goren) in 1997 Entry Draft for Bill Ranford, Adam Oates and Rick Tocchet, March 1, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Utah (IHL) with Boston retaining his NHL rights, October 20, 1998. Traded to Edmonton by Boston with Boston's 1st (Ales Hemsky) and 2nd (Doug Lynch) round choices in 2001 Entry Draft for Bill Guerin and future considerations, November 15, 2000. Traded to NY Rangers by Edmonton with Ales Pisa for Radek Dvorak and Cory Cross, March 11, 2003. Traded to Washington by NY Rangers for Jaromir Jagr, January 23, 2004. Traded to Los Angeles by Washington for Jared Aulin, March 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, August 17, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, September 13, 2006. Traded to Carolina by Columbus for Carolina's 5th round choice (Tomas Kubalik) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 23, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), November 5, 2007.