Charles Robert Coyle (born March 2, 1992) is an American ice hockey forward currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. Coyle played part of a single season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2012. He played for the Boston University Terriers hockey program as a prospect for the Minnesota Wild. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round (28th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Coyle at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
|Born|| March 2, 1992
Weymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)|
|NHL team||Minnesota Wild|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||28th overall, 2010
San Jose Sharks
Coyle played for Weymouth High School, a public school, during his freshman year and helped the Wildcat varsity hockey team to their first ever MIAA finals appearance at the TD Garden vs. private school Boston College High School. The Wildcats beat notable private schools during the playoffs during their stunning run, knocking off schools like Malden Catholic, Austin Prep, and Central Catholic. He played for Thayer Academy in Braintree before finishing his senior season back with the Wildcats.
Coyle played Tier III Junior A ice hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League with the South Shore Kings, based in Foxboro, Massachusetts. In the first and only season with South Shore, he finished fifth overall in scoring with 63 points in 42 games.
Coyle committed to play NCAA Division I college ice hockey with the Boston University Terriers of the Hockey East for the 2010–11 season. In his first game for the Terriers (an exhibition game against the University of Toronto), he scored two assists. He went on to record 26 points in 37 regular season games for the Terriers.
He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On June 25, 2011, he was traded to the Minnesota Wild for Brent Burns and second round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, along with Devin Setoguchi, and a first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Coyle made his NHL debut on February 4, 2013. Wearing number 63, Charlie skated 12:44, with two shots and a hit. Coyle scored his first NHL goal (and point) against Joey MacDonald of the Calgary Flames on February 23, 2013. Coyle scored a memorable goal against the Los Angeles Kings on March 30, 2013, while shooting a one-timer, Coyle got taken down to his knees, he got his own rebound and buried a backhand shot for his eighth goal of the season. Coyle also got into his first NHL fight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, taking on Brandon Dubinsky. He was given a match penalty for a hit on Artem Anisimov, which sparked the fight. After further review from the league, he was not given any additional discipline.
Coyle switched his jersey number from 63 to 3, the same number he had in college and in juniors.
Charlie made headlines after making a fan named Henry's dreams come true after waving to the boy during warm-ups. The gesture and Henry's reaction to the gesture were put on YouTube and it went viral. Charlie met Henry and his family a few weeks later, a day before a game between the Wild and the St. Louis Blues.
In the 2015–16 season, Coyle was second on the team in goals scored, behind veteran Zach Parise. He set personal bests in goals, assists, and points, breaking the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career.
Early in the 2017-18 season Coyle was placed on long term injury reserve after breaking his leg in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. This ended his franchise-record game streak of 316 consecutive games. He returned to the Wild's lineup on November 20, 2017, after missing 16 games. In a game against the New York Rangers on February 13, 2018, a puck caught him high on the mouth requiring stitches to close it. He required more stitches later on in the season against the Arizona Coyotes when a stick caught him in the mouth.
|2009–10||U.S. National U18 Team||USDP||4||1||0||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||South Shore Kings||EJHL||47||23||49||72||54||4||2||1||3||0|
|2011–12||Saint John Sea Dogs||QMJHL||23||15||23||38||8||17||15||19||34||8|
|Representing United States|
|2015 Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|2011 United States|
|Hockey East Rookie Team||2010–11|
|Awards and achievements|
Stéphane Da Costa
|Hockey East Rookie of the Year
|San Jose Sharks first round draft pick