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MSU Hockey Alum of the Week; Anson Carter

Anson Carter works for both NBC and MSG as a hockey analyst and continues to be one of the coolest people in sports.

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Anson Carter played four years at Michigan State as a productive player before taking his talents to the National Hockey League. Carter proved himself as a capable goal-scorer at MSU. After his time in East Lansing, Carter would go on to play ten NHL seasons. He would reach his career-high in goals with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2005-’06 season with 33 goals and 22 assists for a total of 55 points (though his career high in points would be 60 with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2001-’02 season). Between those seasons, Carter would see his seasons routinely shortened by injuries, derailing what could have been a prolific career in the NHL.

At Michigan State, Carter was one of the Spartans’ best players. He never recorded less than 19 goals and had a career high of 54 points his sophomore year wearing green and white. He would never win a conference or national title during his time in East Lansing. However, his contributions since leaving are what make him stand out. This is especially true to a kid who grew up in North Carolina loving hockey!

Anson Carter has been a mainstay on NBC’s coverage of the National Hockey League the last few years. On a network that featured cringe-worthy analysts such as Jeremy Roenick, Carter has been a breath of fresh air. He views the game in a sense that contemporary fans can relate to. Furthermore, he is certainly not Jeremy Roenick. Carter is charming, fun and engaging on the air. Even when I disagree with his analysis, I still love listening to him presenting his case.

I know I can’t really do Carter Justice by simply writing a few paragraphs about him. Here is a phenomenal interview from the USCHO website with Carter. This interview will provide great insight into the great person that Anson Carter is.