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Anchorage’s Matt Carle named to 2000’s WCHA All-Decade Team

courtesy Denver University

ANCHORAGE’S MATT CARLE, WHO LED THE DENVER PIONEERS TO TWO NCAA HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WON THE 2006 HOBEY BAKER AWARD AS THE NATION’S TOP COLLEGIATE PLAYER, HAS BEEN NAMED THIS WEEK TO THE WCHA’S ALL-2000’S TEAM BY THE LEAGUE.

CARLE PLAYED YOUTH HOCKEY IN ANCHORAGE, THEN MADE HIS MARK AMONG THE NATION’S BEST AT D-U WHEN HE WON THE WCHA PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD AND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, THE ONLY ONE IN LEAGUE HISTORY TO DO THAT IN THE SAME SEASON. DENVER, WITH CARLE MANNING THE BLUELINE, WON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2004 AND 2005.

CARLE WENT ON TO PLAY 12 SEASONS IN THE NHL WITH SAN JOSE, TAMPA BAY, PHILADELPHIA AND NASHVILLE.

THE WCHA, IN ITS LAST SEASON OF EXISTENCE, IS HONORING PLAYERS, COACHES AND TEAMS FROM ITS LONG AND STORIED HISTORY. THE LEAGUE WILL LIKELY GO AWAY AFTER THIS SEASON AS SEVEN OF THE TEN TEAMS WILL DEPART NEXT SEASON FOR A NEW LEAGUE. UAA, UAF AND ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE ARE THE CURRENT MEMBERS NOT INVITED TO THE NEW CCHA WHERE THE OTHERS WILL PLAY. UAF HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL PLAY AN INDEPENDENT SCHEDULE NEXT SEASON.

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