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Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
198 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team Washington Capitals
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 24 1988 (1988-09-24) (age 21),
Burnaby, BC, CAN
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2007
Washington Capitals
Pro Career 2008 – present


Karl Alzner (born September 24, 1988 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. He was drafted in the first round, 5th overall, by the Capitals in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. A standout in junior, Alzner won two World Junior Hockey Championship gold medals with team Canada, and was named the Western Hockey League's top player and Canadian Hockey League's top defenceman in 2008.

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Junior career

Alzner played four Western Hockey League seasons with the Calgary Hitmen as part of a standout junior career. He was a member of Canada's gold-medal winning team at the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championships as one of only two players who had not been selected in the NHL draft (the other being Sam Gagner). Shortly after returning to Calgary after the World Jr. Championships, Alzner headed to Quebec City, Quebec to play in the 2007 Top Prospects Game. Karl was joined by 2 other players from the Calgary Hitmen, Brett Sonne and Alex Plante. Alzner and Sonne played for the White team, while Plante joined the victorious Red team.

Alzner was an assistant captain in the 2007 Super Series against the Russian junior team, and was named captain of Team Canada for the 2008 World Junior Championships, both of which were won by Canada. Alzner was named the WHL Player of the Year and Defenceman of the Year for the 2007–08 WHL season. He was also named the top defenceman in the Canadian Hockey League.

Professional career

Alzner is in his first professional season in the Capitals organization, having been assigned to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League to start 2008–09. He was called up to the Washington Capitals roster on November 26, 2008, making his NHL debut that night against the Atlanta Thrashers. He recorded his first NHL point (an assist) on December 4, 2008, against the New York Islanders. He recorded his first goal the next game on December 6, 2008 against Vesa Toskala of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alzner was sent back down to Hershey on January 28, 2009 to make room for returning defenseman Tom Poti. He was recalled during the Capitals' playoff series with Pittsburgh on May 3, 2009 as a precautionary measure after injuries to several Washington defensemen but has not seen action.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Calgary Hitmen WHL 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
2004–05 Calgary Hitmen WHL 66 0 10 10 19 12 0 3 3 9
2005–06 Calgary Hitmen WHL 70 4 20 24 28 13 1 3 4 4
2006–07 Calgary Hitmen WHL 63 8 39 47 32 18 1 12 13 4
2007–08 Calgary Hitmen WHL 60 7 29 36 15 16 6 2 8 4
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 48 4 16 20 10 6 0 2 2 2
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 30 1 4 5 2
WHL totals 260 19 98 117 94 59 8 20 28 21
AHL totals 48 4 16 20 10 6 0 2 2 2
NHL totals 30 1 4 5 2
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International play

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Canada WJC 6 0 1 1 2
2007 Canada SS 8 1 3 4 6
2008 Canada WJC 7 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 21 2 5 7 8

External links

  • Karl Alzner's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • hitmenhockey.com Bio
  • Hockey Canada
Preceded by
Kris Russell
Winner of the CHL Defenceman of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Jonathan Blum
Preceded by
Kris Russell
Winner of the WHL Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
2008
Succeeded by
Jonathan Blum
Preceded by
Kris Russell
Winner of the WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
2008
Succeeded by
Brett Sonne
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