Matt Carle

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Not to be confused with Mathieu Carle.
Matt Carle
Matt Carle - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Carle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in February 2013
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 currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Carle has previously played in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers, the former of which drafted him in the second round, 47th overall, in 2003.

Playing career[edit]

San Jose Sharks[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Carle spent his first three NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks.

Carle was drafted 47th overall in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. An all-American star player at the University of Denver with the Pioneers ice hockey team, 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.

Professional[edit]

To convince Carle to forgo his senior year at 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 under the then-terms of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The contract, a two-way deal, included $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- and fourth-draft pick in 2009 and 2010, respectively, to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich.[1]

On November 7, 2008, just 12 games into Tampa Bay's season, Carle was traded with a 2009 third-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and a 2009 fourth-round pick.[2] Playing the majority of the year paired with Braydon Coburn, Carle scored four goals and 20 assists and finished with a +2 plus-minus in 64 games for the Flyers. During the season, he also missed five games at the start of December with a rib injury.[3]

Carle received a new defense partner when the Flyers traded for Chris Pronger at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The duo immediately established chemistry whilst in training camp and started production early in the season. The Flyers' home opener in the 2009–10 season saw Carle tie the NHL record for assists in a single period by a defenseman with four, all coming in the second period against the Washington Capitals; the amount was also a career-high for Carle. In the game, Carle's passing also helped captain Mike Richards score his second career NHL hat-trick.[4]

Carle with the Tampa Bay 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, $33 million total.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Carle's younger brother David attended Shattuck-Saint Mary's and was initially planning on attending the University of Denver to play college ice hockey like his older brother Matt, before later being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that has been cited in the sudden death of young athletes. Despite David Carle's decision to no longer play hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The youngest of the Carle brothers, Alex, is committed to play hockey for Merrimack College beginning in Fall 2014. After three successful seasons of high school-level hockey at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, he will spend next season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL) before enrolling at Merrimack.

Carle married fellow University of Denver classmate Clancey Kabella in 2010. The couple lives in Clancey's native state of Minnesota during Carle's off-season.

In 2012, Carle appeared in the film This Is 40 alongside then-Philadelphia Flyers teammates Scott Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk and Ian Laperrière.

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 University of Denver WCHA 30 5 21 26 33
2004–05 University of Denver WCHA 41 12 28 40 62
2005–06 University of Denver 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
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 59 4 14 18 26 25 0 3 3 4
NHL totals 660 43 230 273 225 113 6 33 39 32
Medal record
Competitor for the  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Sweden/Finland
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Helsinki
World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Trnava

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States WJC18 1st 8 0 3 3 2
2004 United States WJC 1st 6 1 0 1 4
2013 United States WC 3rd 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" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

External links[edit]

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