ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The search for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s sixth head hockey coach looks to be nearing an end. According to the website College Hockey News three coaching candidates are in Alaska for interviews this week.
The UAA Athletic Department wouldn't comment on the search Tuesday.
One name that jumps out to many in the Alaska Hockey community is David Carle, an assistant hockey coach at the University of Denver.
The Carle name is known for hockey in Alaska-- his older brother Matt won the Hobey Baker at the University of Denver in 2006, and would go on to play in the NHL from 2005-2017. Younger brother Alex Carle currently plays Div. I hockey at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.
David was a prep hockey standout before his career was cut short because of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that can lead to sudden death, but has had a successful five seasons as part of the Pioneers' coaching staff.
The 28-year-old was a part of Denver’s 2017 National Championship, two Frozen Four appearances, and five trips to the NCAA tournament.
Other candidates said to be interviewing for the UAA job have championship backgrounds as well. College Hockey News says Cam Ellsworth and Kris Mayotte are interviewing for the head coaching vacancy as well.
Ellsworth is the associate head coach at University of Massachusetts, and has been with the program for seven seasons.
The River Hawks' website shows Ellsworth as the school's primary recruiter, which is something the Seawolves have struggled with in the past. In his time with the program the team has been to five straight NCAA tournaments, and the Frozen Four in 2013.
Mayotte is an assistant at Providence College, and has been a part of the coaching staff there since 2015, when the team won a national championship.
He began his coaching career at Cornell University as a goaltending coach, before spending two years at St. Lawrence.