With the fifth overall pick in 2007 the Washington Capitals drafted a star defensemen from the Calgary Hitman, one with 47 points in 63 games who could shut down opposing forwards. Since then Karl Alzner has played 789 regular season and playoff games for the Washington Capitals organization. He’s been around for the remaking of the Caps, winning two Calder Cups with the Hershey Bears. In Hershey he played alongside future NHL stars few people had ever heard of — guys like Braden Holtby.
Alzner began playing in Washington during the 2008-09 season, dressing for 30 games. He would later play 599 straight games in red, white, and blue.
“We consider this home,” Alzner said, referring to his wife Mandy and their two children who were born in the DC area. “Whenever we say we’re going home or we’re filling out any paperwork, this is home.”
“We’ve met a lot of great people and we love it here,” he continued.
But now Alzner is an unrestricted free agent. Speaking Friday, Alzner knew he may have played his final game with the Caps.