NHL Hockey: Karl Alzner #27 – D
POB: Burnaby, B.C., Canada
Height: 6-3 Weight: 213lbs
NHL Seasons: 3
Drafted by Washington in 2007 (1/5).
Kyle Alzner is one of the more decorated defensemen in recent memory to come out of the Western Hockey League into the NHL.
He was born on September 24th, 1988 in Burnaby British Columbia and gained a ton of notoriety playing for the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen before being drafted in the first round – fourth overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
His Juniors days
Alzner started his Junior career during the 2003-2004 season although he only played in one game that year. It was the 2004-05 season that saw his stock rise significantly.
That year he played 66 games with the Hitmen posting just 10 points but anointing himself as one of the most dependable defensemen on the team.
The 2005-06 and 2006-07 season saw his game refined – he played for Canada and won Gold in the World Junior Championships.
In 2007-08 he had a season that would be the envy of all defensemen in the Junior ranks – he captained Canada to a World Junior Gold medal and he was named the WHL Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year for the 2007–08 WHL season.
He was also named the top defenseman in the Canadian Hockey League.
Alzner began his professional career in the American Hockey League with Washington’s farm club the Hershey Bears where he played 48 games before being summoned to the Capitals on November 26th 2008. He would eventually be sent back to the minors but he rejoined the Caps later for Washington’s playoff run.
In the 2008-09 season Alzner once again split time between Hershey and Washington and it was the 2010-2011 season that saw Alzner’s position as an everyday pro cemented.
In 2011-2012 Alzner was one of Washington’s more dependable defenseman playing in all 82 games during the regular season and ended the season with a respectable +12 rating although he only recorded one goal and 16 assists.