Alzner's luggage finally arrives

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- A quick trip to the mall with a credit card would have solved any problems but with so much on his mind, you can forgive Karl Alzner for sweating bullets.

Alzner arrived in Ohio for the NHL entry draft but without his luggage.

No shirts. No shoes. Nothing.

"I was a little bit nervous," said the affable Calgary Hitmen defenceman.

"I talked to Mr. Keon (Dave Keon, the NHL public relations manager) and he said we had to wear a shirt and tie for the conference (yesterday) morning but I only had one shirt and tie and it's my draft shirt and tie, and I can't wear the same thing twice."

All fears were alleviated at 2 a.m. when Alzner's possessions arrived.

ELLERBY PUMPED UP

Sitting comfortably on a stool amidst the swarm of media, Keaton Ellerby's actions proved he was calm despite everything going on around him.

Ellerby, the Okotoks product who's pegged to be a high first-rounder, has an advantage over most draftees.

He has two cousins -- Shane Doan and Carey Price -- who have gone through the draft process.

"The way it's all playing out, I couldn't ask for a better situation. I'm excited," Ellerby said.

The 6-ft. 4-in., 190-lb. d-man who toils for the Kamloops Blazers is ranked fourth among North American skaters, so he's likely a top-10 candidate.


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