Alzner, left, seen here not tweeting. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

The NHL lockout caused many casualties. Games, fans — all lost to the sport for years to come. No loss, however, was bigger than Karl Alzner‘s Twitter account. After some tense exchanges with fans on the site in early December, Alzner deleted his profile. It had been a wild ride. Washington’s number 27 brought pictures of his dogs and the living room they destroyed. He tweeted pictures of his dogs. And sometimes even his dogs.

“I told him to grow up,” fellow Twitter user Joel Ward (@JRandalWard42) told RMNB’s Ian Oland when asked about the disappearance. “I hope I can get some of his followers on my team.”

“People wanted answers, and I’m the type of guy that wants to give them answers,” Alzner said. “I knew I had to back off a little bit and I figured the only way to back off was getting rid of it all together. There are times I wish I still had it.”

As for whether he’d rejoin Twitter if the urge to share asinine photos ever hit him again, Alzner didn’t commit to anything.

“I guess time will tell,” he said.

Ian, working towards his Pulitzer, pressed him on the topic. Perhaps a fan campaign would get him back?

“Yeah, yeah,” said Alzner, his voice trailing off. So there you go. Alzner might rejoin Twitter. Or he might not. So, Caps fans, make your voice heard. Help restore Canadian-American relations. Save the world. Get Karl Alzner back on Twitter.

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  • Brouwer Rangers

    If only there were some way fans could make their voices heard directly to Alzner. Like a social platform that facilitates direct but brief interaction between users. Someone should invent that.

  • Brad Bartel

    @KarlAlzner #Getbackontwitter.. There, I tweeted him

  • Deb Manweiler

    I dont think they know how great it is for the fans to see his tweets..I know they have some rude tweeters..but the majority really enjoy reading players tweets..Come on back…share..:))))

  • LebCapsFan

    Should we start a #BringAlznerBack campaign?

  • Ian Oland


  • Ian Oland

    I want to give a shout out to Jack Hillen who laughed at me while I asked these hard-hitting questions.

  • Rhino40

    # I_don’t_tweet

  • Ian Oland

    Here’s a petition one of our readers started

  • Tim
  • Wing

    I liked the dog stories and pictures…..