DU recruit David Carle was expected be selected in the first three rounds of this year's draft, but when his heart condition was confirmed by the Mayo Clinic this week, each NHL team was notified. In a classy move the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Carle anyway and he will go into the record books as the 203rd player selected in the 7th Round, even though he will most likely never play hockey again.
Carle helped lead the Shattuck boys prep team to the USA Hockey's Tier 1 18 & Under National Championship for the second year in a row. It was the program's fifth national title since 2001, and first-ever back-to-back win.
Carle of Anchorage, Alaska was ranked 60th among 210 North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Service in its April rankings and was expected to be a solid contributor to the Pioneers next season.