|(above) David Carle's role on DU's coaching staff has expanded over the past four years|
David Carle had a budding hockey career when, in April 2008, he signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Denver.
He was eager to follow the decorated tracks of his older brother, Matt, who won two NCAA titles and a Hobey Baker Award with the Pioneers before becoming an established NHL blueliner.
He was also primed to join fellow DU recruit Joe Colborne on the NHL draft board. The Central Scouting Service’s final ranking had him placed at No. 60 among North American skaters.
But even before the prologue to his promising story was complete, Carle’s hockey career took an unforeseen turn.
One day prior to the draft in Ottawa, Carle anxiously awaited the results of a test at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ordered after something suspicious had emerged at the pre-draft scouting combine. Upon hearing from the medical staff, he learned he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart that can trigger cardiac arrest during strenuous activity [read entire article].