Caps’ Alzner tries coaching to fill free time during NHL lockout

Karl Alzner #27 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 22, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
From the coach's seat

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 5:03 pm

Ben Raby, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Karl Alzner will likely spend Christmas in Western Canada and be home for the holidays for the first time in eight years.

It is small consolation for the Washington Capitals defenseman who admits that he’s “extremely bored,” as the NHL lockout approaches its 90th day.

Unlike eight of his Capitals teammates who have spent at least some time playing in Europe this fall, Alzner has remained in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife Mandy and their two dogs.

He has also joined a group of about 20 players, including Caps teammate Jeff Schultz, who routinely skate and work out together four hours a day, five days a week.

“Then we head home,” Alzner said in a phone interview of his daily routine. “Or maybe do some Christmas shopping. Unfortunately we have to watch a ton of TV to pass the time


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