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Caps Recall Karl Alzner and Chris Bourque from Hershey (AHL)

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Chris Bourque from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Alzner, 21, is a second-year pro who stands 6’3”, 206 pounds and has recorded five assists in 19 games with the Capitals this season. The Burnaby, British Columbia, native has played 30 games for Hershey this season and has one goal, six assists and only 10 penalty minutes. His +23 rating is tied for sixth in the AHL.

Alzner was Washington’s first-round selection, fifth overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and wears No. 27 for the Capitals.

Bourque, 24, is a fifth-year pro who has split this season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Hershey. A Capitals’ draft pick (second round, 2004 NHL Entry Draft), Bourque was claimed off waivers by the Penguins from Washington at the start of the season and recorded three assists in 20 games with Pittsburgh. The Capitals reclaimed Bourque off waivers Dec. 5 and assigned him to Hershey, where he has 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 25 games.

Bourque, who wears No. 56 with Washington, has played 12 career games with the Capitals and scored his first career goal last season. He had a goal and an assist in three preseason games with the Capitals this season.

Both players are eligible for tonight’s game at Ottawa.
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