Young Hockey Career Ends Before It Even Gets Started

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 22, 2008

David Carle, the younger brother of San Jose Shark Matt Carle, had his dream of playing in the NHL ended yesterday when he was diagnosed with a heart condition, a condition that will end his hockey career.

Carle was invited to the NHL Entry draft and because of his skills, was slated to go as early as the second round. But, upon hearing the sad news, he withdrew his name from the draft.

This Thursday, Carle was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a thickening of the heart that can cause immediate cardiac arrest if he were do do any physical activity that is too strenuous on the body.

There was good news and bad news that came from the diagnosis; the bad news, obviously, that his hockey career was over, but the good news was that he didn't get a chance to put his life in jeopardy, as the condition was found early on.

Carle, who was to begin playing hockey for the University of Denver, was on a full scholarship there and when the college found out, they decided to still honor the scholarship; a very classy move. And if that isn't classy enough, the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the seventh round anyway.

But Carle is keeping a positive outlook on things. "It's really not the end of the world,'' Carle said, "I'm really quite fortunate they were able to find it. I've still got a long life ahead of me. I have a lot to look forward to and a lot of opportunities ahead of me.''