I still feel sorry for David Carle, even though he appears focused on his next career.
For any of you who haven't heard his sad story, it goes as follows:
David Carle was a promising draft prospect who appeared ready to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Matt (Tampa Bay Lightning). He was ranked as high as 60th by Central Scouting when he was invited to the NHL Draft Combine. It was their that he first found out that he had a medical condition in need of attention. The day before the NHL Draft, Carle was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). He was informed that it would prevent him from playing hockey.
Pained by the devastating news, Carle and his family informed all thirty teams of his condition. I won't try to describe how they really felt, because I'd either be wrong, or not quite able to explain it.
The touching part of the story comes in the final round of the NHL draft. Lightning owner Oren Koules chose Carle at 203rd, as a gesture of kindness and recognition of his skills, rather than in an expectance of a return to the ice.
As quoted from http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=379857, " "(Tampa Bay co-owner) Oren (Koules) called and told me I worked too hard in my life to not get drafted and he just said to worry about staying healthy," Carle recalled. "He told me he drafted me more for the person I am." "
Now, according to that NHL article, Carle is off to become a student assistant coach at the University of Denver, and he'll also be a writer for the university's website and for ESPN.com. What a great way for a young guy to still share his hockey knowledge around the world.