23 June 2008

You stay classy, Tampa!

Incoming University of Denver freshman defenseman David Carle, brother of former DU star Matt Carle of the San Jose Sharks, withdrew from the NHL draft after being told by doctors Thursday that he has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart that has been linked to sudden death for athletes.

Agent Kurt Overhardt is David Carle's adviser and informed all NHL teams Friday that David's career was over.

On Saturday, however, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected Carle in the seventh round (203rd overall). Incoming Lightning owner Oren Koules pushed for the team to select Carle. "The kid worked his whole life to be drafted in the NHL, and I didn't see a reason he shouldn't be."

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