Saturday, June 21, 2008

Carle's Career Over

The most shocking news to come out of the NHL Draft today is that David Carle's hockey career is over. It was discovered at the NHL Combine that he had a heart abnormality that will be career-ending. Best wishes go out to Carle and his family. Perhaps the only positive is that his condition was discovered before it proved fatal.

Carle will still be attending the University of Denver on scholarship, and will still play a role on the team, though he won't be playing with the team.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why did Tampa Bay still draft him?

Anonymous said...

didn't stop tampa from drafting him?

puck swami said...

Tampa knew about his condition and drafted him anyway as a late round honor/courtesy - a way of honoring David's drive and determination. David went to prep school with a family member of Tampa Bay's ownership group.

There was no intention of actually signing him to play.

There is precedent for teams using late round picks for honor purposes.

Anonymous said...

Saturday, however, the Tampa Bay Lightening selected Carle in the seventh round (203rd overall) in the 210-player draft. Carle, who led the renowned hockey program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School in Faribault, Minn., to USA Hockey Tier I under-18 national championships the past two seasons, thinks Tampa Bay’s selection might have been a tribute.

“My best guess is my assistant coach (at Shattuck-St. Mary’s), Ben Johnson, is now a scout for Tampa Bay,” Carle said. “I find it funny, more than anything. It’s going to be interesting to get that phone call and see what’s going through their heads, why they did that.”
Incoming Lightning owner Oren Koules pushed for the Lightning to select Carle.

“The kid worked his whole life to be drafted in the NHL, and I didn’t see a reason he shouldn’t be,” Koules said on the club’s website.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2008/06/21/the-david-carle-story/

Anonymous said...

Great move-when you lose your dreams you die-hope this draft choice opens new doors-good luck young man!!

Anonymous said...

Big thumbs up for tampa bay.

Anonymous said...

I think this might have been the same condition Mickey Renaud had before he passed away earlier this year, which explains his death. Good for the doctors for finding his David's condition fast before anything fatal.

Anonymous said...

Classy move on Tampa's part.

I dont know if it is similar to Sam Maresh's (gopher middle linebacker) condition or not. But thank god they both had the physcials when they did. they are young men who have great futures with or with out their respective sports.

Anonymous said...

I wonder, if Carle had been set to play in the WHL next season, would his club have paid for a four-year college education at a high-end institution?

Anonymous said...

Me thinks the CHL feathers are in the process of getting ruffled...and the answer would be not a chance there is a 4 year tuition paid.

Anonymous said...

Colleges are in the business of education so keeping Carle on any form of scholarship isn't an outlaying of cash per say. College teams were built on the theory of supporting the student body, building school spirit and atmosphere at these universities. The evolution of teams into for profit and bigger than the Universities themselves is a by-product of our sports driven society and not all good. If a University wouldn't support a student in getting their education in such a situation it speaks more to the character of the university than anything else. The CHL is a for profit org. based on hockey development totally different focus. The CHL has basically as of late been using the "educational packages" to get players but it remains a hockey development league unlike the educational based colleges. Two totally different focuses.

Anonymous said...

so anonyn 11:40, basically you are saying the kid would be screwed if he chose the CHL, but trying your darndest to not.

Anonymous said...

So basically, you can get hockey development with a chance to educate yourself in the CHL. You get an education with a chance for hockey development in college hockey. I know which one I'd pick.

Anonymous said...

12:46 ha, I was thinking the same thing, you couldn't have said it any better.