Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
Karl Alzner
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 09/24/1988
AGE: 27
DRAFTED: WSH: 2007-5 overall
First NHL Game:
11/26/08 (WSH 5 vs ATL 3)
First NHL Goal:
12/6/08 (WSH 2 at TOR 1, Toskala)
First NHL Assist:
12/4/08 (WSH 5 vs NYI 2)
Most Goals in a Game:
1 (8 times, last 3/26/15, WSH 3 vs NJ 2)
Most Assists in a Game:
3 (2/16/11, WSH 7 at ANA 6)
Most Points in a Game:
3 (2/16/11, WSH 7 at ANA 6, 3A)
Most Shots in a Game:
5 (2 times, last 12/30/13, WSH 1 at OTT 3)
Most PIM in a Game:
5 (1/13/12, WSH 4 vs TBL 3)
Most Ice Time in a Game:
27:53 (10/3/13, WSH 5 vs CGY 4 SO)
Multiple-Point Games:
5 (last: 3/26/15, WSH 3 vs NJ 2, 1G-1A)
Longest Goal Streak:
Longest Assist Streak:
3 (10/8/11-10/13/11, 3A)
Longest Point Streak:
3 (10/8/11-10/13/11, 3A)
Penalty Shots: None
Shootouts: 0/1
Most Goals in a Game:
1 (2 times, last: 4/23/15 WSH 5 vs NYI 1)
Most Assists in a Game:
1 (6 times, last:5/10/15, WSH 3 vs NYR 4)
Most Points in a Game:
2 (4/23/15, WSH 5 vs NYI 1, 1G-1A)
Played in his 82nd game of the season vs. NYR (4/11), marking the fifth consecutive season
he has appeared in all of Washington’s games ... Boasts the third-longest consecutive games
played streak in Capitals franchise history (376), trailing Bob Carpenter (422) and John
Carlson (378) ... Registered career highs in goals (5) and points (21) and tied his career high
in assists (16), games played (82) and plus/minus (+14) ... Earned an assist and scored his
career-high fifth goal of the season vs. NJ (3/26) ... Scored his fourth goal of the season vs. STL
(2/1) ... Registered seven hits at TOR (1/7) ... Scored his career-high third goal of the season
vs. FLA (1/4), passing his previous career high of two (2010-11, 2013-14) ... Earned two points
(1g, 1a) at CBJ (12/18) ... Scored his first goal of the season at NJ (12/6) ... Recorded an assist
at CHI (11/7) ... Earned an assist at CGY (10/25) ... Earned an assist and was (+1) in 20:21 of
ice time at BOS (10/11) ... Registered a playoff career-high four points (2g, 2a) in 14 playoff
games after recording five points (1g, 4a) in his previous 31 playoff games (2009-13) ... Led
Capitals defensemen in playoff goals and ranked tied for second in playoff points ... Ranked
third among Capitals skaters during the playoffs in blocked shots (29) and fourth in hits (36) ...
Scored a goal in Game 2 of the ECQF vs. NYI (4/17) ... Earned a playoff career-high two points
(1g, 1a), including his first career playoff game-winning goal in Game 5 of the ECQF vs. NYI
(4/23) ... Recorded an assist in Game 6 of the ECSF vs. NYR (5/10).
2013-14: Registered a career-high 18 points and tied his career highs in goals (2) and assists
(16) ... Played in all 82 games, marking the fourth consecutive season he has played in all
of Washington’s games ... Has played in 294 consecutive games, marking the second most
consecutive games played by a Capitals defenseman in franchise history (John Carlson, 296)
... Ranked second among Washington skaters in blocked shots (158) and ranked tied for third
on the team in ice time (20:32) ... Recorded his first multi-point game of the season with two
assists vs. TOR (3/16) ... Scored a goal vs. PHX (3/8) ... Recorded a team-high six hits at FLA
(2/27) ... Played in his 300th NHL/Capitals game vs. ANA (12/23) ... Scored the GWG vs. NSH
(12/7) ... Registered three blocked shots and led WSH with 24:55 of ice time vs. CBJ (11/12)
... Registered four blocked shots and led WSH with 23:05 of ice time vs. NYI (11/5) ... Led
Capitals skaters with 26:32 of ice time at WPG (10/22). 2012-13: 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.
2011-12: Set career highs in points and assists while playing in all 82 games for the secondconsecutive
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 five 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 first 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 threepoint
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 first
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,
NHL Transactions
Selected by Washington in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Twitter: @KarlAlzner ... 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 … Was the
subject of an hour-long radio documentary called Hockey Diaries in 2008-09 and 2013-14.