ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Karl Alzner from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Alzner, 20, has played in 26 games for the Capitals this season and has one goal, three assists and only two penalty minutes. He ranks third in ice time for NHL rookies and is +4 in his last 22 NHL games. Alzner was assigned to Hershey on Jan. 21 and played in two games for the Bears while the NHL was on hiatus for the league’s All-Star festivities. He had one assist and was a +2 combined as Hershey split the two games. Alzner has two goals, eight assists and only two penalty minutes in 22 AHL games this season.
The Burnaby, British Columbia, native was selected by the Capitals in the first round, fifth overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Alzner had a well-document junior career. He served as captain of the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) and was honored as the 2008 WHL Player of the Year, the 2008 WHL Defenseman of the Year and was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team. He was the captain of Team Canada that won a gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Championship and was also a member of the victorious 2007 team.