Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jeff Carter was honored Thursday night in Los Angeles as he returned to Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) for the first time since being traded to the Penguins. He was honored with a video tribute during the game’s first TV timeout and received a standing ovation from the fans.
The minute-long video highlights some of Carter’s best moments with the Kings organization which he spent ten years with. In an organization that has had players like Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, and Marcel Dionne, Carter is the only player in King’s history who has had two playoff hat-tricks.
Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, and Rob Blake, all make appearances in the video to thank Carter.
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Carter was traded to the LA Kings in February of 2012 in exchange for Jack Johnson (yes, that Jack Johnson) and a third-round pick (Marko Dano). He was the last piece of the puzzle for the Kings that season as they went on to win the 2012 Stanley Cup, their first in franchise history.
In 2014, the Kings won the Stanley Cup again and Carter was integral on the “That’s 70s Line” with Tyler Toffoli and former Penguin Tanner Pearson.
“Winning (the Cup) twice here, pretty special moments. And then just the friendships. I have so many friends over there still that I keep in touch with daily. It’s a lot of fun to be back,’ Carter said Wednesday.
Carter scored 194 goals, 189 assists, and 383 points in his decade-long stint with the Kings. He is tenth in all-time goals with the Kings organization, fifth in all-time game-winning goals (44), and tenth in all-time shots on goal (1711).