Alzner solidifies spot on Canada's U-18 team

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:09 PM ET

Karl Alzner likes to stay connected.

The Calgary Hitmen defenceman always has his cellphone nearby and it's never turned off.

But he was ready to change things up a couple of days ago.

The Canadian national Under-18 coaching staff was placing calls between 5:45 and 6:15 a.m. to players who hadn't made the cut at the Kitchener, Ont., training camp.

"I was thinking about just unplugging it," Alzner joked. "But then I thought that might turn into trouble."

As it turned out, the 6-ft. 2-in., 202-pounder had nothing to worry about.

"I was so relieved. I was really hoping I wouldn't be getting a call and I didn't go to bed until 3 o'clock.

"My roommate woke me up at 6:45 and he was all happy because we didn't get a call. We stayed up the rest of the day."

Alzner, who will be heading into his sophomore season with the Hitmen, was on his way to the airport last night to catch a flight for the U-18 Junior World Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia from Aug. 9-14.

He didn't want to look out the window but it was hard not to see the burning remains of the Air France plane that crashed Tuesday.

"You can see it from the highway. The plane's still there and they're watering it down," Alzner said.

Canada will look to defend their title and win their ninth Junior World Cup gold medal having captured gold at eight of the previous nine events.


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