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Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
(born September 24, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens. He was drafted in the first round, fifth overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. A standout in junior, Alzner won two World Junior Hockey Championship gold medals with Team Canada
Canada
2007 and (2008 as the captain), and was named the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s top player and Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
(CHL)'s top defenceman in 2008. On July 1, 2017, Alzner was signed by the Montreal Canadiens.

Contents

1 Playing career

1.1 Junior 1.2 Professional

2 Personal life 3 Career statistics

3.1 Regular season and playoffs 3.2 International

4 References 5 External links

Playing career[edit] Junior[edit] Alzner played Junior B as a 14/15 year old for the Richmond Sockeyes in 2003–04, and won the PIJHL league championship, the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial championship and placed 2nd in the Keystone Cup.[1] Alzner played four Western Hockey League
Western Hockey League
(WHL) seasons with the Calgary Hitmen
Calgary Hitmen
as part of a standout junior career. His first game for the Hitmen was for the Christmas Teddy bear toss as an underage 15 year old with 14,000 fans in the Saddledome.[2] Alzner was on Team Pacific Silver against Team Toews (West) Gold. [1] He was a Canada national team member winning in 2005 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka and 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).[3] Shortly after returning to Calgary after the World Junior Championships, Alzner headed to Quebec
Quebec
City, Quebec
Quebec
to play in the 2007 Top Prospects Game
Top Prospects Game
and Alzner was named Captain of Team White and Sam Gagner
Sam Gagner
was Captain of team Red. Alzner was an assistant captain in the 2007 Super Series
2007 Super Series
against the Russian junior team, and was named captain of Team Canada
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
Defenceman
of the Year for the 2007–08 WHL season.[4] He was also named the top defenceman in the Canadian Hockey League. Professional[edit] Alzner was assigned to the Hershey Bears
Hershey Bears
of the American Hockey League (AHL) 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, on Hockey Night in Canada
Canada
against Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alzner's reactions to this accomplishment were captured in an audio-journal he was keeping for the Hockey Diaries]project. Alzner was sent back down to Hershey on January 28, 2009 to make room for returning defenceman Tom Poti. He was recalled during the Capitals' playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
on May 3 as a precautionary measure after injuries to several Washington defencemen, but did not see any action. Alzner won his first Calder Cup Championship 2008–09 with the Hershey Bears against Manitoba.

Alzner with the Capitals in 2013.

In his second season with the Capitals in 2009–10, he was called up to the NHL several times by the Capitals. He played on a defensive pairing with John Carlson in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs Montreal. Alzner won his 2nd Calder Cup Championship (2009–10) with the Hershey Bears
Hershey Bears
against the Texas Stars. On July 15, 2011, Alzner signed a two-year contract with the Washington Capitals.[5] On July 10, 2013, Alzner signed a four-year contract extensions with the Capitals. Alzner was then invited by Hockey Canada
Canada
for the 2014 Olympic orientation camp on July 22, 2013.[6] During the 2015–16 season, on January 27, 2016, Alzner became the Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
all-time leader in consecutive games played. With 423 consecutive games played he passed Bob Carpenter for the franchise record. The streak began at the beginning of the 2010–11 season.[7] On July 1, 2017, having left the Capitals as a free agent after 9 seasons, Alzner agreed to a five-year, $23.125 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.[8] Personal life[edit] On December 10, 2014, Alzner and his wife Mandy welcomed a baby girl, Stella Raay Alzner. They also have a son.[9] Career statistics[edit] Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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 — — — — —

2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 56 3 18 21 10 20 3 7 10 4

2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 21 0 5 5 8 1 0 0 0 0

2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 82 2 10 12 24 9 0 1 1 0

2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 82 1 16 17 29 14 0 2 2 0

2012–13 Washington Capitals NHL 48 1 4 5 14 7 1 1 2 2

2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 82 2 16 18 26 — — — — —

2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 82 5 16 21 20 14 2 2 4 6

2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 82 4 17 21 26 12 0 2 2 6

2016–17 Washington Capitals NHL 82 3 10 13 28 7 0 0 0 2

NHL totals 591 19 98 117 177 64 3 8 11 16

Medal record

Representing Canada

Ice hockey

World Junior Championships

2008 Czech Republic

2007 Sweden

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result

GP G A Pts PIM

2005 Canada U17 02 ! 6 0 1 1 4

2007 Canada WJC 01 ! 6 0 1 1 2

2008 Canada WJC 01 ! 7 1 1 2 0

Junior totals 19 1 3 4 6

References[edit]

^ " Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
player biography". richmondsockeyes.com. February 3, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2013.  ^ "Petro Canada
Canada
teddy bear toss". Calgary Hitmen. April 15, 2004. Retrieved February 3, 2013.  ^ "2005 Ivan Hlinka Tournament". Hockey Canada. April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013.  ^ WHL Announces 2007–08 Award Winners; Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
named Player of the Year, Western Hockey League, April 30, 2008, retrieved October 8, 2008  ^ "Capitals sign Alzner to two-year deal". Sports.nationalpost.com. July 15, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2012.  ^ "47 players invited to orientation camp". Hockey Canada. July 22, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2013.  ^ " Karl Alzner
Karl Alzner
to set franchise record for consecutive games played". Washington Post. January 23, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016.  ^ "Canadiens agree to terms on a five-year contract with Karl Alzner". Montreal Canadiens. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.  ^ "Karl Alzner's a dad; wife gives birth to baby girl". russianmachineneverbreaks.com. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Semyon Varlamov Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
first round draft pick 2007 Succeeded by Anton Gustafsson

Preceded by Kris Russell Winner of the CHL Defenceman
Defenceman
of the Year 2008 Succeeded by Jonathon Blum

Preceded by Kris Russell Winner of the WHL Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy 2008 Succeeded by Jonathon Blum

Preceded by Kris Russell Winner of the WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy 2008 Succeeded&#

.