SPORTS: Washington Capitals

#27 Karl Alzner - Defense

  • POSITION: Defense
  • HEIGHT: 6'3"
  • WEIGHT: 213
  • BIRTHPLACE: Burnaby, British Columbia
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 09/24/88
  • AGE: 27

Karl Alzner BIO:


Finished 3rd on WSH in ice time (20:57) ... Ranked 2nd on WSH in blocked shots (85) ... Registered an assist on 4/20 at MTL ... Recorded an assist on 3/22 at WPG ... Tallied an assist on 3/14 at CAR ... Registered an assist on 3/9 at NYI ... Scored first goal of the season on 2/12 at FLA ... Ranked tied for first on the team in plus/minus (+3) and third in

ice time per game (22:18) during the playoffs.


Set career highs in points and assists while playing in all 82 games for the second consecutive year. Ranked 4th on the team in ice time per game (20:52). Finished 3rd on the team in blocked shots (139). T-1st on the team in plus/minus (+12). Tallied an assist on Caps’ first goal of the game on 4/5 vs. FLA. Assisted on Caps’ first goal on 3/31 vs. MTL. Tallied a team-high 11 blocked shots on 2/5 vs. BOS...Set a career high in points (13) with his assist on 2/1 at FLA. First-career fighting major (Downie) 1/13 vs. TB. Set a career high in assists (11) with his assist on 12/31 at CBJ. Recorded an assist on the overtime GWG on 12/3 vs. OTT. Recorded an assist on 11/4 at CAR. Scored his first goal of the year (first goal since 12/18/10 at BOS) on 10/27 at EDM. Established a new career high point streak (3 games) with his assist on 10/13 at PIT. Registered an assist on 10/10 vs. TB. Recorded his first assist of the season on 10/8 vs. CAR. Tallied 2 shots, 2 hits and 2 blocked shots on 10/8 vs. CAR. Led the team in postseason time on ice per game (24:53). Ranked 3rd on WSH in blocked shots (33) during the playoffs. Skated 37:14 in Game 3 of ECSF vs. NYR.


2010-11: Tied for fifth on the team in plus/minus at +14. Set a career high for games played (82), goals (2), assists (10), points (12), plus/minus (+14) and penalty minutes (24). Seventh on the team in time on ice per game (20:00). Third on the team in blocked shots (132). Skated a career high 26:49 vs. CAR on 3/29. Had a career-high three assists at ANA (2/16). Was +17 in 29 games from 12/15- 2/21 (1g-5a). Had an assist and skated 30:13 in Game 4 of ECQF vs. NYR. Finished with a game-high eight blocked shots in Game 1 of ECQF vs. NYR. Tied for second on the team with 20 blocked shots in the playoffs. Ranked fourth on the team during the playoffs with 23:18 of ice time per game. 

2009-10: Appeared in 21 games in six recalls to Washington, posting five assists. Skated an average of 16:24 per game. Played a season-high 21:35 and was +2 12/15 at COL. Three of his five assists came in December. Washington was 5-0-0 when he had a point. Made his NHL playoff debut in Game 7 vs. MTL (4/28). Played 56 games for Hershey (AHL). Ranked third on the team and tied for sixth in the AHL at +34 (tied with Chris Chelios). Posted 21 points (3g-18a). Two of his three goals came on the power play. Offense picked up significantly in the second half: he had 1g-3a through December and 2g-15a after 1/1. Was +4 as Hershey beat Binghamton 8-1 (10/10). Had an assist and was +3 10/30 at Hartford and on 11/13 vs. Norfolk. Had 2a on 2/21 vs. Albany. Had separate point streaks of three games and fi ve games in March, when he totaled nine points (1g-8a). His two PPGs came in the last eight games of the regular season. Led Hershey defensemen and ranked tied for fourth among AHL defensemen with 10 points (3g-7a) in 20 playoff games. Tied for ninth in the league with a +7 playoff rating. Recorded three assists 4/25 vs. Albany. Scored the second goal of the game in Hershey’s 4-0 Calder Cup-clinching Game 6 win vs. Texas (6/14). 

2008-09: Appeared in 30 games in three recalls to Washington, posting five points (1g-4a) and two PIM. The only NHL defenseman with more than 25 games played and fewer than eight PIM. Played 20 or more minutes in 15 of his 30 games. Ranked third among NHL rookies in ice time (19:25 per game). Assisted on two GWGs. Named one of the three stars in three games. Made NHL debut vs. ATL (11/26). Recorded his first NHL point with an assist 12/4 vs. NYI. Scored his fi rst career goal and added an assist for his first multiple-point game 12/6 at TOR, giving him three points in two games. Logged a career high 24:45 of ice time on 12/20 at PHI. Played in 48 games for Hershey, netting 20 points (4g-16a) and 10 PIM. Shared the lead among AHL rookies with a +23 rating. Had four multiple-point games. Played 10 games in Hershey’s run to the Calder Cup, recording two assists.

Junior Career

2007-08: Named to the Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team and the Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year. Also chosen as the WHL Player of the Year, the WHL Defenseman of the Year and named to the WHL East First All-Star Team. Captain of the CGY Hitmen (WHL). Played 60 games for CGY and had 36 points (7g-29a) and only 15 PIM. Finished with a +26 rating. Had two assists in the first game of the season against Red Deer (9/21). Registered eight multiple-point games during the season, including a three-point game (1g-2a) vs. Brandon (1/27). Scored the GWG in overtime at Kootenay (1/22). Had eight points (6g-2a) in 16 playoff games. Tied for the team lead in defensemen playoff goals and ranked second in points by a defenseman. Represented Canada in the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series and the 2008 World Junior Championship. 

2006-07: Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship. Earned WHL Eastern Conference Second-Team All-Star honors. Played in the 2007 Top Prospects Game Represented the WHL in the 2006 Canada-Russia Challenge. Posted 47 points (8g-39a) and a +16 rating in 63 games for CGY. Led all Hitmen defensemen in assists and points; tied for the lead among team defensemen in goals. Won CGY’s Coaches’ Award and was named the team’s top defenseman. Had 13 points in 18 playoff games as the Hitmen reached the Eastern Conference finals. 

2005-06: Skated in 70 games for CGY and tallied 24 points (4g-20). Had one goal and three assists in 13 playoff games. 

2004-05: Played in 66 games in his fi rst year in CGY and dished out 10 assists. Had three assists in 12 playoff games.

2003-04: Saw action in 41 games for Richmond of the PIJHL, recording three goals and nine assists. Made his WHL debut.

International Career

Won back-to-back World Junior Championship gold medals with Canada (2007, 2008). 

2008: Captain of Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. Posted two points (1g-1a) and was +2 in seven games. Chosen by the coaching staff as one of Canada’s top three players in the tournament. Also represented Canada in the Canada-Russia Super Series. 

2007: Played six games for Canada at the World Junior Championship, recording one assist. 2005: Played for Team Canada in the Under-18 Junior World Cup in the Czech Republic/Slovakia. Played for Team Pacific at the 2004-05 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Lethbridge, Alberta.

NHL Transactions

Selected by Washington in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft.


Enjoys golf, swimming, movies and camping. Supports Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in VAN. His favorite hockey memories are winning two World Junior Championships and his first NHL game. Favorite athlete is Steve Nash. Won CGY’s Scholastic Player of the Year in each of his first two seasons with the team. Was the subject of an hour-long radio documentary called Hockey Diaries in 2008-09.

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