Predators’ Matt Carle announces retirement from the NHL

16 All-stars in the first round, 58 players to play over 300 games, 10 Captains, it is possible that the 2003 draft class was one of if not THE greatest of all-time.

The Nashville Predators announced on Friday that defenceman Matt Carle has officially retired from the NHL.

“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. “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.”

The 12-year veteran has played in 730 regular season games registering 45 goals, 238 assists, 251 penalty minutes and was plus-82. He added six goals and 38 assists in 127 playoff appearances.

This season, the 32-year-old only appeared in six games for the Predators and was mostly a healthy scratch. He only managed one assist.

The news comes just two days after the Predators waived the defenceman on Wednesday, along with forward Cody Bass.

Nashville (9-7-3) will continue without Carle in their game against the Winnipeg Jets (9-11-2) on Friday.

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