By former Denver defenseman Matt Carle (above left), the Hobey Baker Award as
college hockey's best player. To pick up his hardware at the Frozen Four in
Milwaukee last Friday, he needed permission from his new employers--the San
Jose Sharks, who signed him to a three-year, $2.8 million contract on March 19,
the day Denver was left out of the NCAA tournament. (The Sharks drafted him in
the second round in 2003.) Carle scored in his NHL debut six days later.
"It's almost like a storybook," he said.
Of heart failure at age 58, Jim Clack, a guard who won two Super Bowls with the
Steelers. Clack played seven seasons with Pittsburgh, starting at left guard in
Super Bowls IX and X. He also played four seasons with the Giants before
retiring in 1981.