For a sixth season, Karl Alzner played every game – even in the final game of the playoffs when he played through an injury. In January 2016 he earned the “Iron Man” title when he passed former Captial’s player Bobby Carpenter’s 1986 record of consecutive games played. The Iron Man title is given to a player with incredible resilience and consecutive games played. Doug Jarvis holds the NHL title with 964 games. With 458 consecutive games, he has a ways to go before taking the NHL lead.
Karl ended 2016 with 21 points for the second season in a row. He improved his total shots attempted by 15 (185); however, still down from his high of 201 in 2013-14. This past season Alzner not only improved his shooting, he became a bit of a hitting and blocking machine (135/207).
Here are some of our favorite pics from the season:
Personally, Karl struggled with an apparent hernia injury during the playoffs which explains his lower-than-normal performance. Although he played every game, he missed several practices and was unable to play a full game in the Caps final loosing game against Pittsburgh. He underwent hernia surgery in mid-June. He is expected to be back on the ice by camp in September.
The 27-year old Canadian and his wife Mandy welcomed their second child in June. We can’t wait to see more adorable family photos, especially with big sister Stella holding her new little brother! (Photos by Tiny Touch Photography)
Karl Alzner has one of the highest time on ice stats for the team, is the second highest scoring defenseman for the Caps, and highest number of blocked shots. He is generous with this time whether helping the fan club raise funds or supporting his friends and their causes. He one of the nicest guys on the team, always stopping to chat with fans.
Alzner is in the last year of a four-year contract with a full no-trade clause. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and we are hoping that 2016-17 won’t be his last season with the Caps.