Matt Carle

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Not to be confused with Mathieu Carle.
Matt Carle
Matthew Carle 2014-03-22.JPG
Born (1984-09-25) September 25, 1984 (age 30)
Anchorage, AK, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
San Jose Sharks
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 47th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2005–present

Matthew Carle (born September 25, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Carle spent his first three NHL seasons with the 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.

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Carle with the Lightning in 2014.

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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.

In 2012, Carle appeared in the movie This Is 40, alongside Scott Hartnell, James Van Riemsdyk and Ian Laperriere.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2003–04 Denver Pioneers WCHA 30 5 21 26 33
2004–05 Denver Pioneers WCHA 41 12 28 40 62
2005–06 Denver Pioneers WCHA 39 11 42 53 58
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 12 3 3 6 14 11 0 3 3 4
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 3 0 2 2 0
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
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 64 4 20 24 16 6 0 3 3 4
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 6 29 35 16 23 1 12 13 8
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 1 39 40 23 11 0 4 4 2
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 4 34 38 36 11 2 4 6 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
NHL totals 601 39 216 255 199 88 6 30 36 28
Medal record
Competitor for the  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2013 Sweden/Finland
World Junior Championships
Gold 2004 Helsinki
World U18 Championships
Gold 2002 Trnava

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States WJC18 8 0 3 3 2
2004 United States WJC 6 1 0 1 4
2013 United States WC 10 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 14 1 3 4 6
Senior totals 10 0 2 2 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
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 [6]
All-WCHA First Team 2005–06
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2005–06
NHL – All- Rookie Team 2006–07

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lightning trade Dan Boyle to San Jose for Matt Carle, picks". TheHockeyNews. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Flyers acquire defenseman Matt Carle". Flyers.nhl.com. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  3. ^ Sam Carchidi, "Flyers in rare romp; Richards another Clarke?", philly.com, 2008-12-13. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  4. ^ Sam Carchidi, "Flyers defeat Capitals in overtime", philly.com, 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  5. ^ "LIGHTNING SIGN D CARLE TO SIX-YEAR, $33M CONTRACT". TSN.ca. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  6. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marty Sertich
WCHA Player of the Year
2005–06
Succeeded by
Ryan Duncan
Preceded by
Marty Sertich
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
2005–06
Succeeded by
Ryan Duncan