Anchorage hockey player Matt Carle to headline Alaska Sports Hall of Fame class of 2022

By Josh Roseau

Update: 13 hours ago Published: 14 hours ago

It was a busy and exciting month for the Carle brothers as the Anchorage siblings collected impressive honors two weeks apart.

About 13 days after his younger brother David coached his alma mater, the University of Denver, to a Division I men’s national hockey title, Matt Carle was immortalized in his home state of Alaska as only inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

His consecration comes after a long career at the college level followed by a 12-year career with the pros. In college, Carle was a standout defenseman for the Pioneers, helping propel the program to back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, he became the first Alaskan to win the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the best country player. college hockey player.

His professional NHL career spans 857 games, including the playoffs, and includes stints with four different teams. He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators before retiring in 2016 with 328 career points scored.

Carle’s other inductees included the late Marcie Waldron Trent, the Fairbanks Outboard Association’s Yukon 800 Mile Marathon boat race, and the historic upset performed by the 1991 UAA hockey team against then-Boston College at the championships of the NCAA that year.

Trent was a pioneer in the Alaskan running community for decades despite not joining until she was 50 years old. Her decorated career as a runner included setting and holding several national and world records for her age groups in events such as the 800 meters, marathons and ultramarathons. She was inducted into the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame in 2001, seven years after her death in 1995. Trent and his son, Larry Waldron, were killed in a bear attack in 1995 while running in the Chugach State Park.

The Yukon 800 is a two-day high-speed riverboat race that dates back almost 50 years. It is run on the Chena, Tanana, and Yukon Rivers and travels hundreds of miles of Alaskan wilderness. It is billed as the toughest speedboat race in the world.

The 1991 Seawolves team was independent at the time and did not have a league when they beat the BC Eagles by winning the first two games of their three-game series. It included a 3-2 win in Game 1, followed by a 3-1 triumph the following night to advance to the NCAA Quarter-Finals, where they fell to the title-winning Northern Michigan Wildcats. national.

Catherine J. Martinez