KARL ALZNER

Drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2007, Karl Alzner is just beginning what could well be a long and successful career in the NHL. The defenceman has been playing on a team with Alexander Ovechkin, looks to be on a Stanley Cup contender for the foreseeable future, and will have a say as to whether the team can improve its fortunes even further by going all the way. He had an outstanding junior career with the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League, and he won two gold medals with Canada at the World Junior Championship (in 2007 and 2008). He also played for Canada at the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game showdown dominated by Canada against the Russians (seven wins and a tie in eight games).

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Alzner has been trying to rid himself of a couple loopy superstitions. These take place during the playing of “O Canada” before the opening faceoff. While listening to the song, Alzner taps his stick eighty-eight times and makes an outline of the Canadian flag on the ice. He has come to realize these actions drive him crazy, however, and more recently has adopted a simpler superstition. He wears two bracelets blue and brown made for him by his girlfriend. As he sees it, they stay on his wrist until they break.

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