Exciting fourth-year left wing and alternate team captain who ranks as the sixth-leading returning scorer in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association ... had a breakthrough season while earning team MVP as a junior, when his 17G-18A helped overcome loss of graduated LW Aniket Dhadphale (who had 105 career points) ... boosted his shot percentage as a junior (.140, compared to .098 his first two seasons) while registering five game-winning goals and nine power-play goals (he totaled just three GWGs and six PPGs as a freshman and sophomore) ... reported for his senior season in excellent shape and 10 pounds lighter (180) ... had a solid sophomore campaign after coming on strong as a freshman ... dangerous player who has classic combination of speed, power and explosiveness ... totaled 11 goals as a freshman but just seven in '98-'99 before big junior season ... a leading Academic All-America candidates, with a 3.43 cumulative GPA as a finance and computer applications major ... a pivotal part of the Notre Dame special teams, as a point man on the power play and an effective penalty killer who is a constant threat to cash in a breakaway ... packs a lot of strength and power into his 5-10, 180-pound frame, as evidenced by his team-best 305-pound bench press in '97 fall conditioning ... his solid rookie season was overshadowed by several other freshman forwards in the CCHA and Irish defenseman Mark Eaton (12G-17A), who earned CCHA rookie of the year ... a proven goalscorer who totaled a school-record 191 career points at Edina (Minn.) High School ... a finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Hockey award after leading Class AA with 77 points in '97... scored winning goal against current Irish classmate Kyle Kolquist of Duluth East in '97 state title game ... one of eight Minnesota natives on Notre Dame roster ... one of two Edina natives currently with the Irish hockey program, joining former prep teammate and current junior defenseman Sam Cornelius ... has posted three straight Dean's List semesters at Notre Dame.
CAREER NOTES: Played in 119 of 121 games during first three seasons (missing two while at the '98-'99 World Juniors) ... needs to appear in 34 more games to break John Schmidt's ND record (152, '78-'82) ... tied for ninth in ND history with eight career game-winning goals, needing five to tie the record shared by Irish head coach Dave Poulin ('82) and Brian Urick ('99) ... his five GWGs in 1999-2000 are tied for fourth in the Irish season record book ... needs 15 goals to become 28th ND player with 50-plus career goals and 50-plus assists ... needs 25 goals and 15 assists to become ND's 17th 60-60 player ... also 41 points shy of ND career top-20 scoring list, with 90 points (35G-55A) ... needs seven power-play goals to crack that ND career top-10 list (10 shy of fifth) ... his four career shorthanded goals rank 11th in ND history, three back of the record shared by three players ... could become fifth player in ND career top 10 for both PPGs and SHGs ... his three SHGs in '97-'98 are tied for third in ND history ... scored two overtime goals in 1999-2000, joining Paul Regan ('71-'72, in 6-5 game with Michigan Tech and 5-4 win over Cornell) as second Irish player ever to score two OT goals in same season ... whistled for just 41 penalties in 119 career games (one every 2.9 games) ... his 72 career points vs. CCHA teams include four-plus vs. all 11 teams, led by 7G-5A vs. Western Michigan ... had just one point in first eight career games vs. Michigan State before 1G-1A in 2-2 tie with MSU on Dec. 4, 1999 ... part of a senior class that has played in three CCHA first-round playoff series that were extended to the maximum three games (plus a 2000 trip to the CCHA semifinals).
WITH USA HOCKEY: Earned one of 22 spots on '98-'99 USA team that competed at World Junior Championship, in Winnipeg, Manitoba ... played in all six games as USA finished eighth of 10 teams ... scored crucial goal (assisted by Boston College's Brian Gionta) as USA rallied from three goals down twice in a 5-4 win over Switzerland ... could face eight junior national teammates in 2000-01: Michigan State F Adam Hall and G Joe Blackburn, Michigan D Jeff Jillson and F Andy Hilbert, Bowling Green F Ryan Murphy, Lake Superior F Mike Vigilante, BC's Gionta and Minnesota D Jordan Leopold.
AS A JUNIOR: Led Notre Dame and ranked 12th in the CCHA with career-best 35 points ... also posted team-bests in goals (17), game-winning goals (5, 4th in ND history, 2nd among CCHA players in 1999-2000), multi-point games (8) and shots (.140) while ranking second in power-play goals (9, plus one 6-on-5) and third in assists (18), plus-minus ratio (+2) and shot pct. (.140) ... closed with goals in seven of final 12 games, 10 of last 16 ... scored or assisted on team-best six game-winning goals ... his five GWGs were second-most in a season at ND since 1990 ... skated as mostly a point man on first power-play unit, alongside senior Fs Ben Simon and Joe Dusbabek, senior D Tyson Fraser and junior F Ryan Dolder ... led Irish with eight multi-point games ... amassed 17 (10G-7A) of his 24 CCHA points on the first night of a weekend series (just 3G-4A in the second games) ... closed with 25 points in final 23 games (13G-12A), after managing 4G-6A in first 16 ... most of his five GWGs came in clutch situations (four one-goal games, two in OT) ... came 2G-3A shy of becoming first 20-20 player at ND since Lou Zadra ('91-'92) ... skated primarily with Simon and Dusbabek in final 16 games ... totaled just 14 penalties ... posted same regular-season point totals at home and on the road (8G-8A) ... nearly 60 percent of his points came on power play (9 PPG-11 PPA, team-best 20 PP points) ... his longest point droughts were four (Nov. 6-27) and two games (Dec. 5-10) ... played key role in 5-2 win over Miami, with a PPG and an assist on Dusbabek's PPG (for 2-0 lead) ... helped set up Simon's early PPG in 2-2 tie at Nebraska Omaha ... scored with six minutes left at Denver, leading to 3-3 final ... assisted on Dusbabek's game-winning PPG in 2-1 game vs. Lake Superior ... his power-play goal pushed ND into lead in 2-2 tie at Northern Michigan ... had huge five-point series (3G-2A) versus Western Michigan (4-3, 4-1) ... in first game, he scored a game-tying, 6-on-5 score on scramble play (18:37) and a PPG in the first minute of OT .. assisted on Dusbabek goal and added a PPG in second win over WMU ... came back in next game (2-1) at Alaska Fairbanks to record second GWG in three games before scoring rebound goal in last minute of OT the next week at Ohio State (2-1), moments after OSU had missed penalty shot (he earlier assisted on Michael Chin's PPG) ... that goal-his second OT goal in three weeks-marked the first time that the Irish had scored a GWG in the final minute of regulation or OT in seven years ... named CCHA offensive player of the week for three-point series at OSU (1G in 3-1 loss) .... scored in both games of late series vs. UNO, with a PPG and assist on Chin goal in 7-4 win ... assisted on goals by Dusbabek and Simon and scored empty-netter in 5-3 win at Bowling Green ... credited by Poulin with urging his teammates on during third period of 2-1 game with Michigan State (the Irish scored the game-tying goal moments later), after it had been announced that Western Michigan had surged in front of Ferris State (ND's tie and FSU's loss clinched home ice for the Irish in the CCHA Tournament) ... turned in strong individual effort to score in that tie, beating several MSU players down the right side before collecting his own rebound and stuffing puck past Ryan Miller into left side (his rebounded shot set up Simon's game-tying goal with 5:37 to play) ... assisted on Simon goal for 2-1 lead in playoff opener vs. Ferris State before completing strong counterattack down right side for tuck-in, game-winner at left post (4-3).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 36 of 38 games, missing two at top-ranked North Dakota while at World Juniors ... fourth on team with 27 points (7G-20A), tied for third with 24 points (5G-19A) in CCHA games ... skated most of season on second line alongside C David Inman ... served as point man on CCHA's second-best power-play unit (19.1 pct.) ... had two GWGs, two game-winning assists ... scored one of team's four SHGs, plus a shorthanded assist ... second on team with nine power-play assists, plus three PPGs ... took 89 shots ... fifth on team with +5 plus-minus ... whistled for 16 penalties ... scored 5-on-3 in 7-1 win over Western Michigan ... totaled four assists in wins at Ferris State (5-3) and Lake Superior (4-3) ... scored 5-on-3 as part of two-goal, 14-second spurt in 5-5 tie at top-ranked Boston College ... rifled a one-timer from the right circle that tucked under the crossbar, for 4-2 lead late in second period of that game ... had 1G-1A in 6-2 win over Bowling Green and 1G-2A in 9-5 win over Western Michigan (GWG) ... scored just three goals in second half of season ... posted 2G-1A-including GWG-in 6-2 win over Alaska Fairbanks ... had two more assists in 5-2 win over UAF ... had 2A at Miami to clinch home ice for CCHA playoffs (4-2) ... halted 14-game goal drought in 3-2 CCHA playoff loss to Northern Michigan ... opened scoring in that game after sliding breakaway chance between the goaltender's skates.
AS A FRESHMAN: One of eight players to appear in all 41 games ... sixth on team with 28 points, including 1G-2A in CCHA playoff series at Michigan ... his 11 goals ranked fourth on squad ... had three PPGs while tying for team-high with three SHGs ... fifth on team in plus-minus (+9) ... totaled just 11 penalties ... had 2G-3A in six games vs. Michigan ... notched first career point by assisting on Simon's PPG at St. Cloud, cutting deficit to 3-2 (the Irish won 4-3 in OT) ... his third-period goal the next day provided final 4-1 margin over St. Cloud ... part of four-goal, third-period flurry in 6-1 win at Michigan State ... helped set up Benoit Cotnoir's early SHG in 3-2 win at Ohio State ... assisted on Cotnoir's PPG before netting equalizer in 5-5 tie with Ferris State ... scored game-winner on breakaway at Western Michigan (2-1) ... tucked in shorthanded goal the next day in 4-2 home win over WMU (also assisted on two late goals in that game) ... had 1G-2A in 5-1 win over Brown at Mariucci Classic ... chipped in 1G-1A in 5-1 series clincher at Alaska Fairbanks ... had early SHG in 5-4 OT win at Bowling Green ... assisted in all three wins over Northern Michigan ... his pass from behind the net set up Eaton's early goal in CCHA playoff game at Michigan ... later dropped pass for Dolder, who slanted in for 3-0 lead late and eventual game-winner (4-2) ... converted early shorthanded breakaway in second game of that series but Michigan won 2-1 in 19th minute of OT.
PREP & PERSONAL: A three-year letterwinner at Edina High School, where he played on nationally-ranked squad as a senior ... team MVP as a sophomore and junior ... team captain and all-state as a senior ... three times all-city and all-conference ... metro player of the year as a senior ... led Edina to '97 state title, plus three regional and two conference titles ... twice named all-tournament at state championship ... led Class AA with 38G-39A as senior finalist for Mr. Hockey ... played in the Maroon and Gold series ... member of USA select-16 and 17 national teams ...father Jeff had 60 points in 75 career games with Wisconsin hockey team ('65-'68) ... born April 6, 1979, in Minneapolis, Minn. ... son of Jeff and Patt Carlson ... full name is Daniel P. Carlson ... a finance major in Mendoza College of Business, with a second major in computer applications.
Career vs. CCHA
1999-2000 vs. CCHA
Carlson's Career Statistics
Carlson's Career Bests
at Bowling Green (G-2A; 2/18/00) vs. Alaska Fair. (2G-A; 1/15/99)
vs. W. Michigan (G-2A; 11/20/98)
at Lake Superior (3A; 10/17/98)
vs. Brown, @Minn. (G-2A; 12/28/97)
vs. W. Michigan (G-2A; 12/6/97)
vs. Western Michigan (1/21/00) vs. Alaska Fairbanks (1/15/99)
at Lake Superior (10/17/98)
12 Shots on Goal
vs. UMass (12/10/99)
5-Game Goal Streak
* Feb. 4-18, 2000 (at Ohio State-2, Nebraska Omaha-2, at Bowling Green)
5-Game Point Streak
* Feb. 4-18, 2000 (at Ohio State-2, Nebraska Omaha-2, at Bowling Green)