San Jose Sharks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Matt Carle
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MatthewCarle
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 205
BIRTHDATE: 09/25/1984
AGE: 30
BIRTHPLACE: Anchorage, AK, USA
DRAFTED: SJS: 2003-47 overall
CURRENT POSTSEASON NOTES:
- Posted first point of this postseason in Game 1 of the WCSF vs. Dallas on April 25
- Returned to the lineup for Game 2 of the WCQF vs. Calgary after being a healthy scratch in Game 1

2007-08 REGULAR SEASON NOTES:
- 5th among team defensemen in points (2-13=15)br>- Scored the game winning goal and had an assist on Dec. 29 at Nashville
- Signed a four-year contract extension on Nov. 21
- Tied his career-high with a +3 plus/minus rating at Phoenix on Nov. 15
- Did not play on Nov. 10 vs. Phoenix snapping a streak of 54 consecutive games played dating back to Jan. 13, 2006 (career high)br>- Notched his first goal of the season on Nov 7 vs. Dallas
- Played in his 100th NHL game on Oct. 27 at Columbus

FIN FACT:
- He and a group of teammates from the University of Denver (it included Colorado's Paul Stastny) donated money to refurbish the university's hockey locker room upon after turning professional
- Drove a stock car at the Texas Motor Speedway topping out at nearly 160-mph prior to the All-Star Game with teammate Jonathan Cheechoo, Pittsburgh's Marian Hossa, Chicago's Martin Havlat and then-Buffalo Sabre, now teammate Brian Campbell

2006-07: Named to NHL All Rookie Team along with teammate Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The duo became just the second pari of defensemen teammates in NHL history to be named to the squad in the same season (Detroit's Niklas Lidstrom and Vladimir Konstantinov, 1991-92). He and Dion Phaneuf (2005-06) are the only rookie defensemen with 40-plus points in one season since 1993-94 and the only rookie defensemen with 8-plus power play goal in their first season since 1991-92. Led Sharks in scoring among defensemen, sixth overall. Tops among rookie defensemen and T-6th overall among all rookies in points. Among all League rookies fourth in power play points ( 8-18=26), power play goals and assists. Among League defensemen, was T-22nd in goals, T-14th in power play goals (8) and T-24th in points. Set franchise highs for single season goals by a rookie defensemen ( 11- surpassing Brad Stuart's10 in 1999-00) and power play goals by a defenseman (8-surpassing Bill Houlder's seven in 98-99) with his power play tally at Phoenix on March 15. Set franchise record for points in a seaon for a rookie defenseman on March 24 at Carolina with an assist ( Marcus Ragnarsson, 39 in 1995-96).Set franchise record for rookie power play goals on Feb 28 vs. Nashville with his sixth of the year. Posted a point in five straight games (Feb. 24 at Calgary-March 4 at Dallas).  Scored the game-tying goal at Washington on Feb. 21. Selected to the Western Conference Team for YoungStars Game and was plus-3. Scored a goal in his first game after being recalled from Worcester, Jan. 13 at Phoenix. Recalled from Worcester (AHL) on Jan 2. With 12 points, accumulated the third most points in League history for a rookie defenseman in October (Rob Blake- L.A., 14 points in 1990 and Brian Leetch-Rangers, 13 points in 1998). Scored the Sharks first goal of the season opening night vs. St. Louis on Oct.5. Playoffs: T-3rd among NHL rookies and led freshmen blueliners in playoff scoring. T-16th among the League defensemen in points and T-17th in plus/minus (plus-3). Scored opening goal, the game-winner, on April 26 at Detroit in WCSF Game 1.Posted one point in the team's first three playoff games (1-2=3). Scored his first careerplayoff goal on April11 at Nahsville in WCQF Game 1. 

2005-06: Recorded six points in his first 12 NHL games (3-3=6)Had his first career multi-point game (1-1=2), scoring the game-winner against Vancouver on April 13Made HP Pavilion debut on March 30 vs. PhoenixScored a goal on March 25 at Minnesota, becoming just the 10th Shark to score a goal in his NHL debutSigned to an NHL contract on March 19Playoffs: Recorded two assists in Game Four of the WCQF vs. Nashville on April 27...College: Became Denver University's first ever Hobey Baker Award winner, given annually to collegiate hockey's best playerIn his junior season, Denvers team captain was named WCHA Player of the Year, WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All WCHAIs the first in WCHA history to win the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Awards in the same seasonT-5th among all NCAA scorers with 53 points (11-2=53) in 39 games and first in assists...Led all NCAA defensemen in goals, assists and points (53) and was second in points per game (1.36)Also led the NCAA in assists per game (1.08) and was T-10th in points per game (1.36)T-3rd in WCHA overall scoring and led all WCHA defensemen in points, goals and assists in league play.

2004-05: Named by InsideCollegeHockey.com as one of six guys ready to make the leap to stardomLed team defense in scoring and goals and second on team in pointsLed WCHA defensemen in scoring and finished second in the nation in points per game by a defensemanNamed USCHO First Team All-American, NCAA First All-American Team (West), NCAA Defenseman of the Year and First Team All American by Inside College Hockey.com and First All-WCHA Team.Won second consecutive NCAA title and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team.

2003-04: Named to All-WCHA Rookie Team. . .T-6th among WCHA defensemen in scoring (26 points). . .T-21st in WCHA in assists (20). . .T-5th among all WCHA freshmen scorers. . . Finished as Denveris 7th leading scorer (3rd among defensemen). . . Fifth on team in assists. . .Second on team with plus-16. . .Named as WCHA Rookie of the Month for 3 consecutive weeks (Feb. 16, 23 and March 1). . .Named WCHA Rookie of the Month for February. . . Named USCHO.com National Defensive Player of the Week on March 1. . .Tied for WCHA scoring lead among defensemen in WCHA games. . .Tallied 2 career-best, 4-point efforts o 2 goals and 2 assists in Denveris 7-1 win over Minnesota State on Feb. 13 and 1 goal and 3 assists in Denveris 6-3 win over Minnesota on Feb. 28. . . Had an 8-game point-scoring streak, Feb. 21-March 26...Playoffs: Helped lead Denver to NCAA Championship. . . Posted 2 assists in 4 games. . . Other: Captured the Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2004 IIHF World Jr. Championships. . . Posted a goal in 6 games for Team USA. . .Became first American-born player to capture World Junior and NCAA titles in the same season.