David Carle officially introduced as Denver’s ninth head coach

David Carle is officially the ninth head coach of the University of Denver Pioneers hockey program.

“The University of Denver is really special to me,” Carle said. “Ten years ago I was given the opportunity to come here and study and learn by the university honoring my scholarship. I am forever grateful for former Vice Chancellor Peg Bradley-Doppes, Ron Grahame and George Gwozdecky for coming to that decision. Today, this institution has afforded me another wonderful opportunity to be its next head hockey coach. I will again, do everything I can in my privilege and my power to make the university proud. I feel extremely honored and privilege to take on this challenge.”

As announced on Friday, May 25, Carle was named the Richard and Kitzia Goodman Head Coach and formally introduced on Tuesday, May 29 alongside Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Karlton Creech and Director of Athletics Ron Grahame.

“Denver is one of the very best college hockey programs in the United States and what privilege it is to have gone through this process to find the next coach that will continue that legacy of excellence,” Creech said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s one of DU’s own and it is David Carle.”

Carle served the previous four-and-a-half seasons from 2014-2018 as an assistant coach for the Pioneers under former head coach Jim Montgomery.

“Let’s face it, coach Montgomery was very successful in the five years that he was here,” Grahame said. “He was very demanding. I think David learned from that expectation. I think he’s going to be able to be successful as a head coach because of that somewhat crucible that he’s been through. I know he’s going to do a good job because he is a quality young man and a quality person. He’s going to be a very successful Denver Pioneer head coach.”

Following Montgomery’s departure to become a head coach in the NHL to the Dallas Stars, Carle received the promotion at just 28-years of age making him the youngest active coach in NCAA Division l hockey.

“It is what it is,” Carle said. “I think I’m prepared here in this moment because of the experience that I’ve had. Age is a number.”

Carle is an alum of the University of Denver and the Pioneer hockey program. The Anchorage, Alaska native was originally recruited by Denver to play hockey but was forced to retire from hockey in July of 2008 after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Carle was still selected by Tampa Bay in Round 7 (203rd Overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

“We talked to a lot of people about the position,” Grahame said. “Some with significant experience and success, but in the long run, we’ve hired an alum. We’ve hired somebody who wants to be at Denver. Somebody that has a great pedigree. And somebody that’s going to do a really great job because they want to be a Pioneer.”

Despite the abrupt end to his hockey career, Carle remained a member of Denver hockey and served as an assistant coach from 2008-2012 before graduating in 2012.

Carle was then an assistant coach in the USHL for the Greenbay Gamblers from 2012-2014. Carle helped the Gamblers to a 37-23-4 record in a season-and-a-half and to a second place finish in Eastern Conference during the 2012-2013 season.

As a member of Montgomery’s staff, Carle helped the Pioneers to a 115-51-23 record, a 66-32-14-8 mark in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), one (1) NCHC regular-season title, two (2) NCHC Frozen Faceoff titles, five (5) NCAA Tournament appearances, two (2) Frozen Four appearances and the 2017 National Championship. Carle was also a critical component in Denver’s recruiting process.

“I would also like to recognize Jim Montgomery,” Carle said. “I have learned a great deal from Jim over the last five years. I would simply not be ready for this position without his guidance. We will always have our friendship and many great memories here at Denver. I wish Jim the best of luck in Dallas.”

Carle both recognizes and embraces the challenge ahead of him to continue the excellence and tradition of Pioneer hockey. With the premature departures of star players like; Troy Terry, Henrik Borgstrom and Dylan Gambrell, Carle looks forward to the task ahead of appending onto previous successes with the current and incoming talent.

“Denver is a great place to work and to have success,” Carle said. “We are very well supported and we’re proud to have the great tradition of Denver hockey. We will continue to develop student-athletes to the best of our ability and the best of their ability on and off the ice. We’ll do everything with a team-first mentality and we’ll play with the relentless style that our fans have become accustomed to here in Denver. I can’t wait to get started.”

120 thoughts on “David Carle officially introduced as Denver’s ninth head coach”

  1. Steven Reinprecht named volunteer assistant. Interesting. Also interesting about Dayton Rasmussen. Not surprising due to Filip Larsson, but Larsson will probably only play 2 years or so with us. Does anyone know if Ryan O’Reilly is coming in this year?

    1. Jonathan Mor is still uncommitted as far as goaltenders go. He’s from the Chicago area so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him join DU if Dayton bolted.

    2. That’s 2 years in a row a good goalie has bolted (munson in 2017, rasmussen in 2018), hopefully this isnt a trend that continues… depth at this position is key as we learned with cowley/jaillet.

  2. Reinprecht is a great addition to the staff. Anytime you can add a Stanley Cup winner and 11-year NHLer to your group for nothing, it’s a cool thing. I wish he was the full-time assistant rather than the volunteer assistant, but Reino probably has enough money now to be more choosy about how he spends his time. As a volunteer, he comes and goes as he pleases, doesn’t need to travel or recruit away from home, etc.

    As for Rasmussen, he was not at all impressive in his limited action at DU last season (a terrible saves percentage), so it would not surprise me if he went looking for greener pastures…With Larsson coming in this year, he may feel he’d have a better chance to play elsewhere. Transfers are up in virtually all college sports. The huge investment of time (and often, money) that athletes (and families) make to get their kids to an elite level is fostering a culture where those players who are sitting on the bench are often no longer content to do so for very long.

    1. Doubt that gig would pay as well as OSU plus his daughter is going to Bowling Green in the fall.

  3. Steven Reinprecht named volunteer assistant. Interesting. Also interesting about Dayton Rasmussen. Not surprising due to Filip Larsson, but Larsson will probably only play 2 years or so with us. Does anyone know if Ryan O’Reilly is coming in this year?

    1. Jonathan Mor is still uncommitted as far as goaltenders go. He’s from the Chicago area so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him join DU if Dayton bolted.

    2. That’s 2 years in a row a good goalie has bolted (munson in 2017, rasmussen in 2018), hopefully this isnt a trend that continues… depth at this position is key as we learned with cowley/jaillet.

  4. Reinprecht is a great addition to the staff. Anytime you can add a Stanley Cup winner and 11-year NHLer to your group for nothing, it’s a cool thing. I wish he was the full-time assistant rather than the volunteer assistant, but Reino probably has enough money now to be more choosy about how he spends his time. As a volunteer, he comes and goes as he pleases, doesn’t need to travel or recruit away from home, etc.

    As for Rasmussen, he was not at all impressive in his limited action at DU last season (a terrible saves percentage), so it would not surprise me if he went looking for greener pastures…With Larsson coming in this year, he may feel he’d have a better chance to play elsewhere. Transfers are up in virtually all college sports. The huge investment of time (and often, money) that athletes (and families) make to get their kids to an elite level is fostering a culture where those players who are sitting on the bench are often no longer content to do so for very long.

  5. Unrelated I guess; but bench boss Doug Weight was let go from the Islanders; so he’s free. He’s a Stanley Cup winner and also attended a few years at LSSU. However I’m seeing that he’s not interested in going elsewhere. Time for family now after a long stories playing and coaching career. He was a huge advocate for NCAA draftees for many years. He had a hand in Scott Mayfield going to New York

    1. Rumor is that he may be speaking with Jeff Gorton and David Quinn about an Associate Coach spot with the New York Rangers.

  6. Unrelated I guess; but bench boss Doug Weight was let go from the Islanders; so he’s free. He’s a Stanley Cup winner and also attended a few years at LSSU. However I’m seeing that he’s not interested in going elsewhere. Time for family now after a long stories playing and coaching career. He was a huge advocate for NCAA draftees for many years. He had a hand in Scott Mayfield going to New York

    1. Rumor is that he may be speaking with Jeff Gorton and David Quinn about an Associate Coach spot with the New York Rangers.

  7. It’s pretty great that staff of this blog feel it necessary to remove posts, even though they claim they don’t. I see the post regarding the email addresses for Angel Field and Brandon MacNeill has been removed, even though that information is already public information on DU Athletics website.

    I am sure 5B West had something to do with that, of course it’s unbecoming……no wonder no one reads this slop of a blog.

    1. this blog used to be good before it turned into propaganda/fox news for the athletic administration and started deleting anything negative about staff members or ridiculing posters for calling out poor marketing… pretty ironic that they hate on chopp for being anti-boone, shortsighted and pc-brainwashed and yet the people who run this blog are now brainwashed by macneill and co. and refuse to let anyone say otherwise – hopefully they’re giving them free tickets or something in exchange for selling out their integrity. sad all around.

      1. 6/21 9:04 – Whoa.

        I think the blog hasn’t hesitated to call out DU athletics when it has been warranted to do so. The facts are that DU sports have been pretty much exemplary in recent years in the three areas that really matter – in competition, in the classroom and (off) the police blotter, so there is little to really complain about.

        That said, we’ve said many here on these pages when we believe the ball has been dropped by DU athletics. We were quite critical toward the end of the Kerry Cremeans era of DU women’s basketball when the program was in shambles. We’ve called out DU athletics when they didn’t bring the band/cheerleaders to the NCAA hockey tournament in 2016 in Florida. They knew they screwed up, and in 2017, lo and behold, money was found to send them to Chicago. We’ve also had articles in here about attendance issues and suggested how to fix them, and we’ve been critical of certain game day/game night experience decisions over the years. We’ve also been critical of them on marketing issues, too.

        But in the broad scheme of things, DU athletics is doing a great job, and if we have quibbles, they are usually only nitpicks. Most schools would kill for the kind of athletic department we are lucky enough to follow and care about, so if we are excited about what we see with our sports programs, it’s because they are well managed and perform well above expectations given the location, budget and travel burdens that they endure.

        Additionally, we have also spoken out to defend people in DU athletics when we believe they deserve to be defended, especially over the last year, when DU’s senior administration has made horrendous mistakes around the mascot, nickname and inclusive excellence that have done deep damage to athletics and our school.

        If we believed that members of the athletic department were originating any of those horrible efforts, we would call them out on it, but the facts are that DU athletics must follow the DU senior administration, even when people in DU athletics do not agree with the decisions of senior administration.

  8. It’s pretty great that staff of this blog feel it necessary to remove posts, even though they claim they don’t. I see the post regarding the email addresses for Angel Field and Brandon MacNeill has been removed, even though that information is already public information on DU Athletics website.

    I am sure 5B West had something to do with that, of course it’s unbecoming……no wonder no one reads this slop of a blog.

    1. this blog used to be good before it turned into propaganda/fox news for the athletic administration and started deleting anything negative about staff members or ridiculing posters for calling out poor marketing… pretty ironic that they hate on chopp for being anti-boone, shortsighted and pc-brainwashed and yet the people who run this blog are now brainwashed by macneill and co. and refuse to let anyone say otherwise – hopefully they’re giving them free tickets or something in exchange for selling out their integrity. sad all around.

      1. 6/21 9:04 – Whoa.

        I think the blog hasn’t hesitated to call out DU athletics when it has been warranted to do so. The facts are that DU sports have been pretty much exemplary in recent years in the three areas that really matter – in competition, in the classroom and (off) the police blotter, so there is little to really complain about.

        That said, we’ve said many here on these pages when we believe the ball has been dropped by DU athletics. We were quite critical toward the end of the Kerry Cremeans era of DU women’s basketball when the program was in shambles. We’ve called out DU athletics when they didn’t bring the band/cheerleaders to the NCAA hockey tournament in 2016 in Florida. They knew they screwed up, and in 2017, lo and behold, money was found to send them to Chicago. We’ve also had articles in here about attendance issues and suggested how to fix them, and we’ve been critical of certain game day/game night experience decisions over the years. We’ve also been critical of them on marketing issues, too.

        But in the broad scheme of things, DU athletics is doing a great job, and if we have quibbles, they are usually only nitpicks. Most schools would kill for the kind of athletic department we are lucky enough to follow and care about, so if we are excited about what we see with our sports programs, it’s because they are well managed and perform well above expectations given the location, budget and travel burdens that they endure.

        Additionally, we have also spoken out to defend people in DU athletics when we believe they deserve to be defended, especially over the last year, when DU’s senior administration has made horrendous mistakes around the mascot, nickname and inclusive excellence that have done deep damage to athletics and our school.

        If we believed that members of the athletic department were originating any of those horrible efforts, we would call them out on it, but the facts are that DU athletics must follow the DU senior administration, even when people in DU athletics do not agree with the decisions of senior administration.

    1. Don’t know anything specific, but I am hearing that heavy coaching experience seems to be the big priority in terms of the guys they are going after right now…we will see where they end up…

    1. Don’t know anything specific, but I am hearing that heavy coaching experience seems to be the big priority in terms of the guys they are going after right now…we will see where they end up…

    1. Seems like he’s gone because we just received a commitment from Mike Corson, who played in the BCHL, to be our third string goaltender this year…

    1. Seems like he’s gone because we just received a commitment from Mike Corson, who played in the BCHL, to be our third string goaltender this year…

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