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Alzner hopes underdog role leads to Olympic berth

by Dan Rosen /

CALGARY -- Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner isn't sure what his chances are of making the Canadian Olympic team, but he gave some insight into his thought process for how he may convince executive director Steve Yzerman and coach Mike Babcock to pick him.

"I'm always of the mindset that I like to think that everybody is always way better than me and that way I have something to play for and something to try to get to," Alzner said. "As of right now I'd say all the guys are ahead of me, but I'm going to try knocking them off one at a time. That's the way my mindset has always been. I'd like to think there is an opportunity but it's all going to depend on the start to the season."

Alzner has a respectable profile with Hockey Canada. He has appeared in five international tournaments and won gold at the 2007 and 2008 World Junior Championships, serving as captain in 2008. However, he has never suited up for the men's national team. Alzner is one of 17 defensemen attending Canada's Olympic orientation camp this week, and one of eight with a left-handed shot.


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