Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Carter
Carter had speed to burn and shots like bullets for four years at RPI, but unlike teammate Adam Oates he was never drafted and signed with Boston as a free agent late in the 1985-86 season with Boston. The Bruins immediately gave him a chance, but over the course of six years he never played a season entirely in the NHL, always going to the minors for a short or long spell.

Although Carter had 17 goals in 1989-90, the Bruins finally let his contract elapse in 1991 and he signed with San Jose. Unfortunately, the pattern repeated itself and two up and down seasons later, Carter found himself in the IHL, never to return to the NHL before calling it quits in 1995.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Middlesex Islanders MBAHL
1980-81 North Shore Raiders MBAHL
1981-82 Woburn High School High-MA 25 21 25 46
1982-83 RPI Engineers ECAC 29 16 22 38 33
1983-84 RPI Engineers ECAC 38 35 39 74 52
1984-85 RPI Engineers ECAC 37 43 29 72 52
1985-86 RPI Engineers ECAC 27 23 18 41 68
1985-86 United States WEC-A 9 1 2 3 14
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 8 0 1 1 0 +3
1986-87 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 58 25 30 55 60 6 2 3 5 5
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 1 1 2 +3
1987-88 Maine Mariners AHL 76 38 38 76 145 10 4 4 8 44
1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL 44 12 10 22 24 -1 10 1 2 3 6
1988-89 Maine Mariners AHL 24 13 6 19 12
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 76 17 22 39 26 +17 21 6 3 9 45
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL 2 2 2 4 2
1990-91 Boston Bruins NHL 50 4 7 11 68 -13
1990-91 Maine Mariners AHL 16 5 9 14 16 1 0 0 0 10
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -2
1991-92 Kansas City Blades IHL 42 11 15 26 116 15 6 9 15 18
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 55 7 9 16 81 -25
1992-93 Kansas City Blades IHL 9 4 2 6 14
1993-94 Providence Bruins AHL 47 11 5 16 82
1994-95 Worcester IceCats AHL 64 18 9 27 96
NHL Totals 244 40 50 90 201 31 7 5 12 51


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1984)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1985)
Signed as a free agent by Boston, March 27, 1986. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 22, 1991.
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