LA Kings player profile: Jeff Carter

There is great excitement in the air throughout southern California, as the Los Angeles Kings season is only two days away when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Staples Center (tickets) on Oct. 5. In the third of five segments previewing elite Los Angeles Kings players, it is time to feature center Jeff Carter. 

At 32 years of age, Carter is about to start his seventh season as a member of the Los Angeles Kings. In 2016-17, he had his best season while with the Kings as he had 32 goals and 34 assists for 66 points. Carter led the Kings in scoring and was a +2 with 41 penalty minutes, 22 power play points, one shorthanded goal, nine game winning goals and 250 shots on goal. Carter also won 735 faceoffs, and had 86 hits, 37 blocked shots, 24 takeaways and 46 giveaways. In 2017-18, expect to see Carter center the Kings number one line with Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli. 

Carter played his junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. While in junior, he won the gold medal for Canada at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship in Grand Forks, ND. Prior to playing in the National Hockey League, Carter also won a Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2005. . 

Carter was the Flyers' first round draft pick, 11th overall, in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He spent six seasons with the Flyers and half a season with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Kings on February 23, 2012 for defenseman Jack Johnson and the Kings' first round draft pick in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft. 

In 2017, Carter represented the Kings at the NHL All-Star Game. It was the second time he has played in the game as he also represented the Flyers in 2009. Carter won two Stanley Cups with the Kings in 2012 and 2014. For Kings ticket information, please click here.