While not a completely easy decision, Sharks signee Matt Carle is prepared to begin his NHL career following a stellar amateur career that saw him win two NCAA championships and a World Junior championship. There are some things he will miss though.
“It was a tough call. I had a lot of fun in Denver,” said Carle. “It was some of the best days of my life. I am a big believer in education (he was studying real estate).
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager likes what the Pioneer hockey program provided Carle.
“I’m a big believe in college hockey and Denver University has a great program. I can’t say enough about what his college coach has done for him,” said Wilson. “I like that he was in college and wanted him to stay until he was at least a junior because when they leave earlier, the odds of them going back (for a degree) is slim.”
Carle brings a lot to the table, but there is one attribute that is the most impressive.
“He just has that hockey sense and skill,” said Wilson.
When Carle makes his debut will depend on the other Wilson (Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson) who plays a prominent role in the organization.
“He’s here as an additional player, but it will be a coach’s decision when he plays,” said Wilson.
Carle will do whatever is asked.
“Since I was little, it was a dream to play in the NHL,” said Carle. “I just want to try and step in with an easy transition to pro hockey. It is a big change from the college game.”
Carle had an idea he would be turning pro, but hoped his team would have a chance to defend their NCAA title that they possessed two years running.
“I woke up with my mind on the selection show,” said Carle. “I haven’t been off the phone since. At 11 this morning, I knew I was going to be on a plane flying here.”
The flight to San Jose was not the first for Carle, although due to his classes, he was not able to attend a Sharks training camp.
“I came out the last two summers, so hopefully that will make it a little easier,” said Carle.
Carle will have a few things in common with a current teammate since Scott Parker is from Alaska.
“Alaskans are few and far between,” said Carle. “I heard Scott is a great team guy.”
Tom Preissing played at Colorado College, the primary rival of Denver University, but there paths never crossed.
“We’re big rivals with CC, but he graduated the year before I came to Denver,” said Carle.