A lost selection?
As a coveted young defenseman with pro potential, David Carle enhanced his burgeoning talent with poise and maturity beyond his years. Now, the 18-year-old from Anchorage is leaning on those same virtues to deal with the end of his hockey career.Except Tampa Bay drafted Carle in the seventh round, 203rd overall. The move was intentional, however, as new Lightning owner Oren Koules "knows the family and the diagnosis might not be as severe as first believed."
Carle on Friday said he will no longer play the game after doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., diagnosed a heart condition that puts him at risk for sudden cardiac death if he exerts himself too strenuously.
Carle said Mayo Clinic doctors on Thursday diagnosed him with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart that has been cited in the sudden death of young athletes.
He had been a lock to be selected in today's NHL draft, possibly as high as the second round, but withdrew his name from consideration after receiving the diagnosis.
"The kid worked his whole life to be drafted in the NHL, and I don't see a reason he shouldn't be," he said.
Carle is the younger brother of Sharks defenceman Matt Carle.