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Junior defenseman Matt Carle of Denver will forgo his senior season at Denver to sign with the San Jose Sharks.

Carle was named the WCHA Player of the Year, WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All WCHA. This season Carle had 11 goals and 41 assists.

“We are excited about Matt joining the San Jose Sharks,”said San Jose head coach Ron Wilson. “His accomplishments over the past several years speak for themselves. He has made tremendous progress in the last few seasons and that is a testament to the program at DU and guidance and leadership provided by Head Coach George Gwozdecky and his staff. We are looking forward to taking his development to the next level.”

Carle had a prolific career at Denver, having won two NCAA Championships and compiling 123 points with 29 goals and 94 assists.

Carle was selected in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks.