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The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that they have named defenseman John Carlson an alternate captain for the 2019-20 season. Defenseman Brooks Orpik, who retired as a player and joined the team’s development department over the offseason, held the honor for five seasons from 2014-19.
The “A” is here to stay!
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 1, 2019
Carlson, 29, has been included among the Capitals’ leadership group for many seasons and was a pivotal cog during the team’s run to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2018.
He joins center Nicklas Backstrom as alternate captains of the team.
Carlson is the longest-tenured defenseman on the Capitals and the third-longest on the entire roster, behind Backstrom and captain Alex Ovechkin.
The defenseman set career-highs in assists (57) and points (70) in 80 games last season. In addition, he tied his career-best +21 rating. In 688 career NHL games, all with the Capitals, Carlson has posted 90 goals, 403 points, and a +80 rating.
NoVa Caps congratulates Carlson for this wonderful honor.
By Harrison Brown