Former Chill goaltender Carlson signs NHL contract
March 29, 2016
Adam Carlson played two years for Coulee Region in the NAHL and was the 2014-15 Midwest Division Goaltender of the Year.
The Washington Capitals have signed former NAHL and NA3HL goaltender Adam Carlson to a two-year, entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced.
Carlson, 22, posted a 7-7-3 record with Mercyhurst College (NCAA) this season with a 2.85 goal-against average and a .919 save percentage. The 6’3”, 180-pound goaltender ranked tied for fifth in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) in save percentage this season, 10th in saves (536) and 11th in goals-against average and wins. Carlson earned his first win of the season on Oct. 24 against Army and made 47 saves on Oct. 31 at Ohio State. The Edina, Minnesota, native made a season-high 50 saves on Jan. 22 at Robert Morris.
Prior to enrolling at Mercyhurst, Carlson spent two seasons with the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. Carlson registered a 38-27-10 record with seven shutouts, a 2.52 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in 81 games with Coulee Region. He was named the NAHL Midwest Division Goaltender of the Year in 2014-15. During the 2012-13 season, Carlson broke into junior hockey playing for the North Iowa Bulls in the NA3HL.
“We are super excited for Adam on his recent signing. He has worked extremely harder to prove his doubters wrong and now he is making the next step. He has arguably the most unique story in hockey I have heard and we could not be more thrilled for him. We are excited to watch where his future takes him,” said Coulee Region Chill head coach AJ Degenhardt.
Carlson will join the Hershey Bears (AHL) on a tryout agreement.