After 12 NHL seasons Matt Carle announced his retirement on Friday. The veteran blue liner was in the middle of his first season with the Nashville Predators after signing a one-year, $700,000 contract in July.
The University of Denver product signed with the Preds after being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the offseason.
“It has been an honor to be a player in the National Hockey League and play for four great organizations over the past 12 seasons," Carle said in a statement. "At this time, I have decided to retire as a National Hockey League player. I want to thank the San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators for the opportunity to play for each organization.
“I would also like to thank all the fans that I have met throughout my career for the support that you have given me. Most importantly, I want to thank my family for all the sacrifices they have made on behalf of my career. My Parents, brothers, and wife Clancey allowed me to focus on the pursuit of playing the best sport in the world, in the best League in the world and I will always be grateful."
Originally second round pick (47th overall) by the San Jose at the 2003 NHL Draft, Carle appeared in 730 games with the Sharks, Lightning, Flyers and Predators scoring 45 goals and 283 points.
Internationally the Anchorage, Alaska native represented the U.S. on three separate occasions, including the 2013 World Championship where he helped the Americans win a bronze medal.
Prior to turning pro, Carle won the 2006 Hobey Baker award. In his rookie season with the Sharks the 6-foot, 197-pound defenseman scored a career-high 11 goals and 42 points in 77 games finishing seventh in Calder Trophy voting.
On Friday the Predators placed Carle on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract.
“The Nashville Predators would like to congratulate defenseman Matt Carle on a successful and decorated hockey career," Predators General Manager David Poile said. "In addition to 730 career NHL games and an All-Rookie Team selection in 2007, Matt is one of just four defensemen in the last 32 years to win the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player, was a two-time NCAA Champion, a World Junior and World Under-18 Champion for the United States, and a World Championship medalist.
"We would like to thank Matt for his commitment and dedication to the game, and wish he and his family the best as they move into the next chapter of their lives.”