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Summer Stories: Matt Carle

Friday, 09.10.2010 / 3:25 PM / News
By Joe Siville  - philadelphiaflyers.com
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By our count, Kimmo Timonen went to Paris, France. Ian Laperriere took the family to Hawaii. James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux went to Minnesota and Chicago (of all places), respectively. Hardly the most secluded or exotic places on Earth, but Matt Carle may have all of his teammates beat.

After playing 109 games from September through the first week of June over the course of the 2009-10 season, where he averaged between 24-26 minutes in the regular season and playoffs respectively, the last thing you would the expect Flyers defenseman to do is travel 4,406 miles to Alaska and another 6,000 miles to Bora Bora in the South Pacific.

But that’s exactly what he did this summer.

“Right after the season was over I went on a fishing trip to Alaska,” said Carle. “It was kind of a bachelor’s party with nine of my buddies.”

Oh yeah, that’s the other little piece of information we forgot to include about Carle’s summer. He got married.

On July 16 in Minnesota, where the couple happens to own their own summer lake house, Carle wed his girlfriend Clancey.

Immediately following the wedding, the two traveled to the other side of the equator to the tiny island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia of the South Pacific.

“It was unreal,” added Carle. “I had never been that far away really. I didn’t know a whole lot about it. It’s an eight hour flight from Los Angeles past Hawaii. There are a lot of French people there and we were staying on one of those little huts that are right over the water. It was an unreal time and I would go back in a heart beat.”

Part of the Tahitian islands, and although very tiny, Bora Bora is a well-known hot spot for newlyweds. Its main attractions are the overwater bungalows and the magnificent views from snorkeling, waterskiing and hiking on the island. However, the newly minted Mr. & Mrs. Carle chose more peaceful activities to partake in.

“We didn’t too much. I had been working out for quite a while, so we wanted to go relax, enjoy the spa and lay by the pool. We went kayaking a day and pretty much hung out and swam most of the time.”

Prior to getting hitched, he spent a good amount of time in his native Alaska. Born in Anchorage, most of his friends and family still live there, which led to his big Alaskan fishing bachelor party in the wilderness.

“We were fortunate enough to be hosted by Brian Kraft at the Alaska Sportsman Lodge,” explained Carle. “We would stay at the lodge and then every morning we would take float planes out and go little remote places, so you’re basically fishing in places that are very rarely fished, so its pretty cool to be out in the wilderness like that.”

Kraft and the lodge are located on the Kvichak River (Kwee-Jak),  which is approximately 3-4 miles that leads into Lake Iliamna, Alaska’s largest body of water. It is also noted to host a large natural supply of Salmon.

“[It was] maybe an hour’s flight. It was nine of my college buddies, guys I grew up with. We were fishing for Salmon and Trout. It was really a great time to get away and have some laughs and share a few adult beverages.”

Only one real question remains then. What did you do with the fish that you caught?

“At the end of the trip we took all the meat and split it up and took it home for the summer. It was very tasty.”

Tomorrow wraps up our Summer Stories series on philadelphiaflyers.com with Flyers captain Mike Richards.

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