Matt Carle
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 09/25/1984
AGE: 31
DRAFTED: SJS: 2003-47 overall
2009 Playoffs: Recorded two assists and was a +2 at Pittsburgh in Game Five on Apr. 23... Went scoreless vs. Pittsburgh in Game Four on Apr. 21 and vs. Pittsburgh in Game Three on Apr. 19... Recorded an assist (his first playoff point as a Flyer) in Game Two at Pittsburgh on Apr. 17... Went scoreless in Game One at Pittsburgh on Apr. 15.
2008-09 Regular Season:
- Flyers Career Regular Season Totals: 64 GP, 4-20-24, 16 PIM
- Career Regular Season Totals vs. Penguins: 7 GP, 1-4-5, 2 PIM
- 2008-09 Single Game Regular Season Highs: Goals - 1 (four times); Assists - 2 (four times); Points - 2 (four times); Shots - 5 (twice); Plus/Minus - +3 (vs. WAS, 12/20/08); TOI - 26:59 (@ NYI, 11/11/08)
Playoffs: Scored a goal in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final vs. Chicago … Recorded two assists, including the overtime game- winner, in Game 3… Had six assists in Eastern Conference Finals vs. Montréal... Recorded one assist in Game 5… Recorded six assists in Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Boston … Recorded 4 assists, was a +5 and had 32:35 of TOI in Game 4, including assist on game winning goal in over time (1st Flyer to have 4A in playoff game since 2000 - Recchi, ECSF – Game 5 vs. PIT, 5/7/00)… 1st Flyer defenseman and 2nd Flyer ever to have +5 in a playoff game since Glen Cochrane on April 22, 1981 – Calgary at Philadelphia in the Semifinals.. Recorded an assist in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. New Jersey.
Regular Season: Recipient of the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the Flyer who has most improved from the previous season, as voted by his teammates… Finished second on the Flyers in plus/minus (+19) and average time-on-ice per game (23:23)… Scored the game-tying goal vs. Rangers on 4/11 to force overtime and an eventual shootout in final regular season game, which the Flyers won to clinch a playoff berth… Missed two games (3/25-27) due to bruised foot… Played in his 300th game in the NHL on 3/23 at Ottawa… His four assists in the second period on 10/6 vs. Washington set a Flyers record for most assists in a period by a defenseman and tied an NHL record for most assists in one period by a defenseman (last time this
occurred - Rob Blake, 2nd period, Los Angeles vs. Calgary on 1/29/98)… Played his 100th game as a Flyer on 12/23 at Tampa Bay… Had new career-high in time on ice (32:03) vs. Anaheim on 10/10… His goal vs. Carolina  on 10/31 was his 100th NHL point… Had a four-game point streak (8pts - 1G,7A) from 10/3-10/10.
2008-09: Finished second on the team in blocked shots (142) and second on the team defense in goals (5)…  Missed five games (Dec. 2-11) due to lower body injury... Missed one game (Dec. 27) due to a left ankle bone bruise... He recorded the game-winning goal, his first goal as a Flyer, at Carolina on Nov. 26… 2007-08: Signed a four-year contract extension on Nov. 21… 2006-07: Was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after posting 42 points (11G,31A) and 30 penalty minutes in 77 games for San Jose, leading Sharks defensemen… Along with teammate Marc-Edouard Vlasic, the duo became the second pair of defensive teammates
in NHL history to be named to the squad in the same season (Detroit’s Niklas Lidstrom and Vladimir Konstantinov, 1991-92)... Was only the second rookie defenseman with 40-plus points in one season since 1997-98, the only rookie defenseman with 11-plus goals in their first season since 1993-94 and the only rookie defenseman with eight or more power play goals in his first season since 1991-92… Was first among rookie defensemen and tied for sixth among all NHL rookies in points...Ranked fourth in power play points (26), power play goals (8), and assists (16) among all NHL rookies...Set Sharks record for a single season
in goals by a rookie defenseman (11) and power play goals by a defenseman (8)…Set a Sharks record for points in a single season by a rookie defenseman (42)...Selected to the Western Conference Team for the YoungStars Game… His 12 points in October were the third most in NHL history by a rookie defenseman (Rob Blake, L.A., 14 points in 1990 and Brian Leetch, NYR, 13 points in 1988)... 2005-06: Scored a goal at Minnesota on Mar. 25, his first career NHL game… Signed an NHL contract on
Mar. 19… Collegiate Career: Played three seasons for the University of Denver Pioneers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (2003-04 through 2005-06), recording 29 goals and 93 assists for 122 points and 159 penalty minutes in 112 games for the Pioneers…Is Denver’s fourth-leading scorer among defensemen, tied for second among defensemen in assists and eighth
among defensemen in goals… Won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award (2005-06 – first Denver player to win award), named to the WCHA First All-Star Team, to the NCAA West First All-Star Team and WCHA Player of the Year…Was also named to the WCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West First All-Star Team (2004-05)… Named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003-04)… Was the first player in WCHA history to win the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Awards in the same season (2005-06)… 2005-06: Led all NCAA players in assists (42)… Tied for fifth among all NCAA players in points (53)… Led all NCAA defensemen in goals (11), assists and points and second in points per game (1.36)… Led the NCAA in assists per game (1.08)… Was tied for third in WCHA overall scoring and led all WCHA defensemen in points, goals and assists in league play... 2004-05: Led Denver in defensemen scoring, goals and was third in points and penalty minutes…Was tied for second in assists… Led WCHA defensemen in scoring and finished second in nation in points per game by a defenseman…Helped Denver win their second consecutive NCAA championship and was named to the NCAA All- Tournament Team...2003-04: Was tied for sixth among WCHA defensemen in scoring and was tied for fifth among all WCHA freshmen scorers…Amateur Career: 2002-03:
Named to the USHL All-Rookie Team , USHL First All-Star Team and USHL Defenseman of the Year…Recorded 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points and 98 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games for the River City Lancers (USHL)…Was tied for first on the team in scoring, while leading in assists and penalty minutes…Posted a plus-39 rating…Helped team to a berth in Clark Cup
Finals… International Career: Captured the Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2004 IIHF World Jr. Championships… Became first American-born player to capture World Junior and NCAA Championships in the same season… Captured Gold Medal with Team USA at the World Under-18 Championships.