Carter Receives “Distinguished” Award

The Edmonton Oilers in the late 1990’s to the early 2000’s featured a bunch of young, scrappy players that could absolutely fly on the ice at the then-Edmonton Coliseum/Skyreach Centre. With Curtis Joseph in net, the Oilers flew up and down the ice with a reckless abandon, mimicking some of the great play that the team had seen when Gretzky and Kurri played in Alberta. One of these fantastic players was Anson Carter, and his great play actually began many miles away from the NHL’s northernmost stadium.

Carter’s four years at Michigan State were filled with great success on the ice, as he still remains near the top of many scoring categories. For his success in East Lansing, Carter recently received the Distinguished Spartan Award, recognizing his accomplishments from his time as a Spartan to his time now as a philanthropic entrepreneur.

With his NHL career now in his rearview mirror, Carter’s work has taken him to Atlanta where he runs a clothing line that benefits African youth. Much different from his time on the ice skating away from chasing defenders, Carter now looks to combine his passion for youth with his love for music.

No matter which of the eight NHL teams he represented during his career, he was loved by all fans for the effort he placed into every game. This award by the Spartan alumni demonstrates what all NHL fans already knew – what a special person and player Anson Carter is.