Carle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in February 2013
September 25, 1984 |
Anchorage, AK, USA
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning
San Jose Sharks
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||47th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Carle was drafted 47th overall in the 2nd round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, by the San Jose Sharks. An all-American star player at the University of Denver, Carle won the Hobey Baker Award in 2006 emblematic of America's top college hockey player as the only junior defenseman in history to win the award.
To convince Carle to forgo his senior year at University of Denver, as well as acknowledge Carle's numerous successes, the San Jose Sharks signed Carle to a three-year deal worth approximately US $4.1 million, the maximum an entry-level contract can be worth according to the NHL CBA. The contract, which is a two-way deal, includes $942,000 in annual salary as well as a $1.25 million signing bonus.
During his first full season with the Sharks in 2006–07, Carle scored 11 goals and 31 assists in 77 games and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In November 2007, Carle signed a four-year, $13.75 million contract extension with San Jose.
Tampa Bay Lightning
On July 4, 2008, Carle was traded, along with Ty Wishart and a first round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth round pick in 2010, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich.
On November 7, 2008, 12 games into Tampa Bay's season, Carle was traded along with a 2009 third round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and a 2009 fourth round pick. Playing most of the year with Braydon Coburn, Carle scored 4 goals and 20 assists and finished +2 in 64 games for the Flyers. During the season he also missed 5 games at the start of December with a rib injury.
Carle got a new defense partner when the Flyers traded for Chris Pronger at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The duo immediately clicked in training camp and started production early in the season. The Flyers home opener of the 2009–10 season saw Carle tie the NHL record for assists in a single period by a defenceman as he set up four goals in the second period against the Washington Capitals, helping Mike Richards reach his second career hat trick, which is also his personal best for assists in a game.
After four seasons with the Flyers, Carle returned to the Lightning as a free agent on July 4, 2012, signing a six-year contract worth $33 million total.
His younger brother David attended Shattuck-Saint Mary's, and was planning on attending the University of Denver like his brother, before he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that has been cited in the sudden death of young athletes. Despite David's decision to no longer play hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the 7th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The youngest of the Carle brothers, Alex, is committed to play hockey for Merrimack College beginning in the fall of 2014. After three successful seasons at Kimball Union Academy (NH), he will spend next season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL before enrolling at MC.
Carle married fellow University of Denver classmate Clancey Kabella in 2010. They live in her native Minnesota in the off season.
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||US National Team Development Program||NAHL||55||1||4||5||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||US National Team Development Program||NAHL||7||1||2||3||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||US National Team Development Program||USHL||12||0||0||0||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||River City Lancers||USHL||59||12||30||42||98||11||2||2||4||20|
|2005–06||San Jose Sharks||NHL||12||3||3||6||14||11||0||3||3||4|
|2006–07||San Jose Sharks||NHL||77||11||31||42||30||11||2||3||5||0|
|2007–08||San Jose Sharks||NHL||62||2||13||15||26||11||0||1||1||4|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||12||1||1||2||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||48||5||17||22||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||82||2||29||31||28||4||1||0||1||0|
|Competitor for the United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|World U18 Championships|
Awards and honors
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||2003–04|
|All-WCHA First Team||2004–05|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2004–05|
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||2005|||
|All-WCHA First Team||2005–06|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2005–06|
|NHL – All- Rookie Team||2006–07|
- "Lightning trade Dan Boyle to San Jose for Matt Carle, picks". TheHockeyNews. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- "Flyers acquire defenseman Matt Carle". Flyers.nhl.com. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- Sam Carchidi, "Flyers in rare romp; Richards another Clarke?", philly.com, 2008-12-13. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
- Sam Carchidi, "Flyers defeat Capitals in overtime", philly.com, 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
- "LIGHTNING SIGN D CARLE TO SIX-YEAR, $33M CONTRACT". TSN.ca. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
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|Awards and achievements|
|WCHA Player of the Year
|Winner of the Hobey Baker Award