Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Matt Carle
Matt Carle was born September 25, 1984 in Anchorage, Alaska. The second round, 47th overall selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Carle played two seasons in the USHL, one with the U.S. Jr. National Team and the other with the River City Lancers.

An offensive defenseman, Carle enrolled at the University of Denver in the fall of 2003 and went on to play three seasons at the school capturing numerous honours, including; NCAA Defenseman of the Year (2005), NCAA All-American Team (West), First All-WCHA Team (2005), WCHA Player of the Year (2006), WCHA Defensive Player of the Year (2006) and WCHA First Team All-WCHA (2006). He became the first player in WCHA history to garner both the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Awards in the same season. Overall, he led the all NCAA defensemen in goals (11), assists (42) and points (53) in his junior year.

After leading Denver to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2005, Carle opted to forego his senior year and sign a professional contract with the Sharks. The first U.S. born player to capture the World Junior and NCAA titles in the same season (2004), the 2006 Hobey Baker Award winner, Carle made his NHL debut with San Jose on March 25, 2006.

Carle's first full season in San Jose proved to be a success. He appeared in 77 games and registered 42 points and earned a four-year contract extension with the club. However the following season, he struggled to match his point production and he was subsequently dealt from the Sharks to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer of 2008.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Carle had saw action in 12 games for Tampa Bay before he was traded from the club to the Philadelphia Flyers in a multi-player deal.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 Alaska All-Stars AASHA 42 14 28 42
2000-01 U.S. National Team Development Program U-17 13 0 1 1
2000-01 U.S. National Team Development Program NAHL 55 1 4 5 33
2001-02 U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 45 3 13 16 30
2001-02 U.S. National Team Development Program NAHL 7 1 2 3 0
2001-02 U.S. National Team Development Program USHL 12 0 0 0 21
2001-02 United States WJ18-A 8 0 3 3 2 +6
2002-03 River City Lancers USHL 59 12 30 42 98 +26 11 2 2 4 20
2003-04 University of Denver WCHA 30 5 20 25 33
2003-04 United States WJC-A 6 1 0 1 4 +1
2004-05 University of Denver WCHA 43 13 31 44 68
2005-06 University of Denver WCHA 39 11 42 53 58
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 12 3 3 6 14 -2 11 0 3 3 4
2006-07 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 11 31 42 30 +9 11 2 3 5 0
2006-07 Worcester Sharks AHL 3 0 2 2 0 +1
2007-08 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 2 13 15 26 -8 11 0 1 1 4
2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 12 1 1 2 6 +1
2008-09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 64 4 20 24 16 +2 6 0 3 3 4
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 6 29 35 16 +19 23 1 12 13 8
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 1 39 40 23 +30 11 0 4 4 2
2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 4 34 38 36 +4 11 2 4 6 6
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 48 5 17 22 4 +1
2012-13 United States WC-A 10 0 2 2 0 0
2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 2 29 31 28 +11 4 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 601 39 216 255 199 88 6 30 36 28


USHL First All-Star Team (2003)
USHL Defenseman of the Year (2003) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2004) WCHA First All-Star Team (2005, 2006) NCAA West First All-American Team (2005, 2006) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2005) WCHA Player of the Year (2006) Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (2006) NHL All-Rookie Team (2007)
Traded to Tampa Bay by San Jose with Ty Wishart, San Jose's 1st round choice (later traded to Ottawa, later traded to NY Islanders, later traded to Columbus, later traded to Anahaim - Anaheim selected Kyle Palmieri) in 2009 Entry Draft and San Jose's 4th round choice (James Mullin) in 2010 Entry Draft for Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich, July 4, 2008. Traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay with San Jose's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Simon Bertilsson) in 2009 Entry Draft for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and Tampa Bay's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Tampa Bay selected Alex Hutchings) in 2009 Entry Draft, November 7, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 4, 2012.