Skip to content

Caps’ Alzner thought Olympic invite was trade call

Jul 24, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

Karl Alzner Getty Images

When Karl Alzner got a voicemail from Doug Armstrong on Sunday, he thought it was in Armstrong’s capacity as GM of the St. Louis Blues, informing Alzner of a trade.

What Alzner didn’t expect was a call from Armstrong on behalf of Team Canada’s Olympic selection group.

“I thought at first that I got traded,” Alzner told Metro Vancouver of the call informing him he’d been named one of 17 defenseman named to the orientation camp. “My jaw dropped. I was thinking ‘is he seriously calling me?’

“It was a pinch-me moment.”

Alzner, 24, earned his camp invite on the strength of a solid 2013 campaign. He set a career-high for average time on ice per game (20:57) and upped it to 22:18 in the playoffs, where the Caps lost in the opening round to the Rangers.

Washington’s No. 5 overall pick at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Alzner finished second on the team in blocked shots last year (85) and fourth among all defensemen in hits (45).

In addition to the Team Canada invite, Alzner was also rewarded financially this summer.

The former WHL Calgary standout earned himself a four-year, $11.2 extension from the Caps, a nice bump from his previous two-year, $2.57 million deal.

While he’s a longshot to make Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi — defense is arguably the country’s deepest position — Alzner is thrilled with just the opportunity to participate in the selection process.

“I’m not even on the (Olympic) team. I’m just on their radar,” he said. “There’s no better feeling.”

 

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Klein the unlikely OT hero for Rangers

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Klein AP

    Wonder if the Devils fan behind him was a face-painter?

  2. Sharks ‘let one slip away’ in Boston

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:11 AM EDT

    Daniel Paille, Antti Niemi, Marc-Edouard Vlasic AP

    Had the lead going into the third period.

  3. Video: Raanta shuts out flat Flyers in emergency start

    Oct 22, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

    Antti Raanta AP

    Do a little dance. Make some big saves. Shut out tonight.

  4. Halak: ‘One of those nights where everything goes wrong’

    Oct 21, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

    Roman Polak, Dion Phaneuf AP

    Toronto took this one over in the second period.

  5. Video: Habs continue winning ways with OT victory over Red Wings

    Oct 21, 2014, 10:54 PM EDT

    David Desharnais #51 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his second period goal during the NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre on February 2, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
(February 1, 2013 - Source: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    David Desharnais with his first of the season.

  6. Video: Stars chase Ryan Miller from Canucks crease

    Oct 21, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Ryan Miller AP

    It’s gone from bad to worse for Vancouver.

  7. Video: Islanders’ Hickey cut after taking a skate to the face

    Oct 21, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 6.32.32 PM

    Happened on an innocent enough play.

  8. (Video) McKenzie: NHLPA ‘entirely on board’ with Voynov suspension

    Oct 21, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    NHL Insider analyzes what the future has in store for the L.A. defenseman.

  9. WATCH LIVE: Flyers at Blackhawks

    Oct 21, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    Check it out via the NBC Live Extra stream.

  10. Outlook for Horton’s ailing back getting bleaker

    Oct 21, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

    Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators Getty Images

    “Nathan is a frustrated kid right now. He’s in constant pain.”

  11. Larsson to make Devils season debut tonight

    Oct 21, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    After watching the first five games of the season from the press box.

  12. Skinner to make return tonight versus Jets

    Oct 21, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

    Jeff Skinner Getty Images

    ‘Canes the only winless team in the league.

  13. (Video) PHT Extra: Flyers have many concerns

    Oct 21, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    Steve Mason AP

    For example, a really tough upcoming schedule. (But also goaltending and that defense.)

Featured video

Flyers have many concerns

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Datsyuk (3306)
  2. J. Spezza (2777)
  3. J. Drouin (2751)
  4. S. Varlamov (2746)
  5. E. Kane (2631)
  1. M. Gaborik (2500)
  2. E. Staal (2417)
  3. V. Hedman (2155)
  4. P. Dupuis (2137)
  5. P. Stastny (2016)