My Wash­ing­ton

John Carl­son

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The ris­ing-star Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals de­fense­man chats about his love of the game and his adopted home­town.

Born in Mas­sachusetts and raised in New Jer­sey, Carl­son’s been “rock­ing the red” with D.C.’s NHL team (page 34) since 2009. Only 25, this hard-work­ing player known for putting in ex­tra on-ice prac­tice time is al­ready a top de­fense­man. In 2014, he com­peted at the Sochi Olympics, scor­ing Team USA’s first goal. He’s also a ded­i­cated fam­ily man who en­joys ex­plor­ing his adopted city with his wife and looks for­ward to shar­ing the sites with his son, now 7 months old.— BS

Did you al­ways want to be a pro hockey player?

Yes, since I started play­ing when I was around 3 or 4 years old. My dad played in col­lege and in­tro­duced me to the game. He taught me all the ba­sics.

What are your “goals” for this sea­son?

To win the Stan­ley Cup with the Cap­i­tals. That’s my main goal ev­ery sea­son. We all work hard through­out the en­tire year to hoist the cup at the end. I’ve dreamed about it since child­hood.

Who in­spires you?

My wife and son, in ev­ery­thing I do. Your whole world changes for the bet­ter when you get mar­ried, and again when you have a child. They are my foun­da­tion, and the love and sup­port they pro­vide is so im­por­tant to me.

What’s been your proud­est mo­ment on the ice?

My first NHL game, be­cause I’d worked so hard through­out my life to reach that point. I’ll never forget the feel­ing.

Do you have any pregame rit­u­als?

We have a morn­ing skate at Kettler [Cap­i­tals Ice­plex, the team’s train­ing fa­cil­ity]. As a pre-game meal, I usu­ally stick to chicken and pasta or tuna and rice. Some­times I take a nap or play with my son be­fore head­ing to Ver­i­zon Cen­ter.

Some play­ers leave D.C. in the off sea­son, but you stick around. Why?

Be­cause I love the city. Ev­ery­one here has been very friendly, and it’s nice to be sur­rounded by so much history. It’s a great place for my son to grow up in, be­cause it of­fers so many learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and unique ex­pe­ri­ences. He’s just a baby now, but I can’t wait to take him places like the Na­tional Zoo and Amer­i­can History Mu­seum when he’s older.

When you travel, what are your must-take items?

For the plane, my iPad and a book. Lately, I’ve been watch­ing “Peaky Blin­ders,” and I’m big on read­ing bi­ogra­phies. Nearly any­thing non­fic­tion in­ter­ests me.

If you could wake up any­where in the world, where would that be?

On the beach. I love re­lax­ing by the wa­ter, and my fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion is the Caribbean.

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