[See Alzner’s interview with his teammates on Monumental’s site.]
Whether he’s interviewing players or speaking to reporters after a game, Alzner has hardly been camera-shy during his time in Washington. Though he says it wasn’t originally his idea to host the Movember videos — he credits the Caps for approaching him — he’s taken a liking to it, and broadcasting in general.
“A lot of people want to be involved in the sport when they’re done,” Alzner said. “There’s a couple options. Obviously you’ve got coaching, because you’ve got that knowledge and experience, but broadcasting is natural because you know the game. Coaching takes up a ton of time. You’re traveling still — you’re probably more busy than when you’re a player. So broadcasting seems like something that would be a little bit easier. It’s a little more of a set schedule, you know? So that was something I always thought about wanting, maybe I’ll do this some day. But I don’t want to cross that bridge yet, so I try not to think about it too much.”
Until then, Alzner has no problem sharpening his interviewing skills, even if it’s limited to talking about mustaches.
Along with juggling Movember duties and actually playing hockey, Alzner has other things on his mind lately. He and his wife are expecting their first child in about four weeks, likely during a home stretch.
“I would try to make it work as best as I can to make it there for the birth. To some people it’s really important, and it’s important to me, but I have a little streak going which is also quite important,” Alzner smirked, referring to his consecutive-games played streak of 309, one of the tops among Caps defenseman but still well behind Bobby Carpenter’s team record of 422. “I don’t even know the exact number, but all I know is that I’m two behind [John Carlson]. I don’t care about the overall record, I’m just trying to catch him.”
“Maybe he should be home for the week that his child is born,” Carlson said, while stating Alzner has tried convincing him to sit for the most minor of injuries, but only to get the team record for a defenseman.