Jeff Carter was born January 1, 1985 in London, Ontario. The first round, 11th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Carter is a graduate of the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
An offensively gifted forward, Carter played four seasons with Sault Ste. Marie registering 246 points (123-123-246) while capturing numerous individual honours. At the conclusion of Sault Ste. Marie's 2003-04 season, Carter joined the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms for their post season run and would do the same the following year. In his second stint with the Phantoms, Carter would lead the club and the AHL in post season scoring and was a key player in their run to the Calder Cup title.
In the fall of 2005 Carter made his NHL debut with the Flyers and that season became a regular on the squad appearing in 81 games. After a re-building year for the Flyers in 2006-07 in which Carter missed 20 games due to injury, a competitive Flyers squad returned to action. A healthy Jeff Carter went on to play in all 82 games of the 2007-08 season and set new career highs for goals and points in a season while the Flyers went on an unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Final.
As one of the club's brightest young stars, Carter was signed to a 3-year, $15 million contract in the summer of 2008 just days before he was set to become a restricted free agent.
Carter's offensive production continued to improve. In 2008-09, he was among the league leaders in goals, with 46 and added a career-best 38 assists.
During the 2010-11 campaign, the Flyers and Carter agreed on a long-term deal that would seemingly keep the forward in orange and white for the remainder of his career. The deal would pay Carter $58 million dollars over 11 years and featured a no trade clause that kicked in in 2012.
On June 23, 2011, the Flyers stunned the hockey world, trading the star centre to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jakub Voracek, a 2011 first round pick and a 2011 third round pick.
Carter struggled to find his stride in Ohio, scoring just 15 times in 39 games for a Blue Jackets club that never threatened to get into the playoff race. On February 23, 2012, the big centre was on the move again. This time he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jack Johnson and a conditional draft pick. The move proved to be a fortuitous one for Carter as just four months later he was part of a Kings team that accomplished hockey's ultimate feat; winning The Stanley Cup. For his part Carter chipped in with an impressive 8 goals in 20 playoff games.
Jeff Carter was selected by his native country, Canada, to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Carter would show off his offensive brilliance during the tournament, recording a natural hat trick against Austria, leading Canada to a 6-0 win. He would go on to help Canada capture the gold medal, the country's second consecutive Olympic championship.