Former Ice player scores first goal for USA Hockey

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The U.S. men's hockey team played its first game of the Olympic hockey tournament with a contest against Slovakia. The Americans won 7-1.

John Carlson scored the first goal for the Americans with 5:33 left in the first period. Carlson went to Cathedral High School and then played for the Indiana Ice in 2007 - 2008 and now plays for the Washington Capitals.

See a write-up of the game here.

Here is a look at Carlson's Olympic profile:

John Carlson is a large American defenseman at 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, whose top skills is the swiftness of his skating. It's this ability that allows Carlson to jump into the play on offense, but recover and get back into position to play defense. He has played the entirety of his five-year NHL career for the Washington Capitals.

Career highlights:

At the 2010 World Junior Championships, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to secure gold medals for the U.S., while ending Canada's bid for what would've been a record sixth straight World Juniors championship.

In the spring of 2010, he scored the game-winning goal to secure a championship for Washington Capitals' top minor-league team, the Hershey Bears.

In December 2010, he was named to's All-Time World Junior Championships Team,

Things to know:

1. He was born in Natick, MA, but grew up in Colonia, NJ and growing up, he played for the New Jersey Rockets club team, which is the same team to produce former NHL player Jeremy Roenick.

2. He played major junior hockey in Canada for the London Knights, where he was coached by former Washington Capital tough guy Dale Hunter, who later was his coach in the NHL with the Capitals during the 2011-12 season.

3. Won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010 playing minor-league hockey in the Capitals' farm system for the Hershey Bears, whose name was originally the Hershey 'B'ars', which came about as a way to promote the town of Hershey, PA's chocolate making.