Capitals sign defenceman Karl Alzner to 3-year entry-level contract

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals signed defenceman Karl Alzner to a three-year entry-level contract on Thursday.

Alzner was the Capitals’ first-round choice, fifth overall, in last year’s NHL entry draft.

Alzner, a 19-year-old native of Burnaby, B.C., was recently named Western Hockey League player of the year and defenceman of the year after his fourth season with the Calgary Hitmen. He is a finalist for the Canadian Hockey League player of the year, with the winner to be announced Saturday night.

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The Hitmen captain had 36 points (7-29), a plus-26 rating and 15 penalty minutes in 60 regular-season games.

Alzner has won two gold medals at the IIHF world junior championship and also represented his country in last year’s Canada/Russia Super Series.