Defenseman Carle headed to Merrimack

Defenseman Alex Carle, the youngest of the three Carle brothers from Anchorage, has committed to Merrimack College, according to Chris Heisenberg's excellent recruiting site.

Carle, 18, is the captain at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. Heisenberg reports he'll begin at Merrimack of Hockey East in 2014, which we'll take to mean he'll play a season of juniors before college.

Alex's oldest brother, Matt, is a defenseman for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. His other older brother, David -- David's the middle kid -- is a first-year assistant coach with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. David was a highly recruited D-man coming out of Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota and had committed to Denver when he was discovered to have a heart condition that ended his career. Denver honored his commitment and he served as a student assistant coach there for four seasons.

As you can tell even just by their resumes, the Carle boys can play a little.