“It was a great night all around” – Sterling Journal-Advocate

Matt Carle was probably as nervous as a goalie’s mother while watching Saturday night’s NCAA hockey national championship game between YOU and Minnesota State on television.

Carle, the legendary University of Denver defender and brother of Pioneer head coach David Carle, was forced to cancel his flight to the Frozen Four in Boston because his wife became ill and he had to take care of the couple’s four children.

So Matt watched his kids in his basement in Minnetonka, Minn., While YOU were aiming for a record-breaking ninth national championship in the building where he won the NCAA title as a rookie in 2004. YOU’s first Hobey Baker Award winner (2006) felt relief and overwhelming fraternal pride as the Pioneers gathered for five goals in the third period to defeat Minnesota State 5-1 at TD Garden.

“Super proud of him. I love telling his story. I try to do it as much as I can, especially at this time of year,” Matt said of David, who began his coaching career as a DU freshman in 2008, after that he was forced to withdraw from playing due to a serious heart condition.

“It was a great night all around.”

Former DU coach Jim Montgomery was unable to watch the Pioneers match Michigan with an NCAA-top ninth national title. But the assistant coach for St. The Louis Blues said he received updates via text message from the bench during their 6-1 win over the New York Islanders.

Montgomery, who led the Pioneers to the 2017 NCAA title in Chicago, hired Carle as a full-time DU assistant in 2014 and recommended him as his successor at age 28, when Montgomery resigned in 2018 to become head coach of the Dallas Stars.

“For all the reasons I believed in him while we worked together and I saw him grow as a coach, as a recruiter and as a person, I was so sure he could not only take command of the program, but he would keep it at the level that Pioneers fans have expected, “Montgomery said of Carle, who is 86-43-13 in four seasons at the helm. “It’s incredible what he’s done in such a short period of time. He ends up being the best head coach in Pioneer’s history, possibly, that’s how much I think about him.

“And that says a lot because you have (George) Gwozdecky and (Murray) Armstrong – great head coaches. But David wants to break the record for the fastest to 200 wins and he’s the first to win a national championship so early. quite amazing. “

Adrian Veideman was a YOU freshman defender in 2004 when the program captured his first national title since 1969. The local real estate agent and assistant coach at Valor Christian High School is uniquely proud that YOU have now won four NCAA titles since Michigan won their last in 1998.

“It’s super fun,” Veideman said of watching No. 9 unfold on Saturday. “What I love most about it is that they refer to those who came before them. (Carle) gets them into a culture of success. It’s just the bottom line. When you have guys at Frozen Four and they say that “We want to do this for the guys who came before us, and the legacy they created is super profound, and that’s talking a lot about David and the kind of culture he’s imposing on these guys.”

Rod Summers, who played 164 games for DU from 1986-90, leads the DU hockey alumni association. He was among the big Pioneer contingent in TD Garden – his sixth Frozen Four with DU and fourth championship.

Summers did not recognize the nation’s highest scoring team through two periods against the Mavericks, as YOU only produced eight shots.

“As fans, we think, ‘What’s going on? Eight shots on goal?’ And then Ryan (Barrow) got the first one and it changed all the momentum and it was like a whole different team, “he said. “We steamrolled them in a way from there.

“You really could not stop the train.”

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