At the start of the 2008-2009 hockey season, two Canadian players packed up their gear and headed east to Washington DC, home of the NHL Washington Capitals. Nineteen-year-old British Columbia rookie Karl Alzner was hoping to win a coveted spot on the team. Saskatchewan veteran Brooks Laich had just signed a new 3-year contract and was anxious to get started. Both players carried audio diaries that they would use to document their season. This is the story of that unfolded, from the exhaustion and suspense of training camp all the way to the exhilaration and emotion of the playoffs. The grind of long road-trips, the challenges of injuries and personal setbacks, the politics of the locker room, the expectations of fans, family and self… and the relentless pressure that comes with chasing hockey's biggest prize, the Stanley Cup: with all this, Karl Alzner and Brooks Laich bring us the story of everything it takes to make it as a professional hockey player.
|Hockey Diaries: Ready to Play
Hockey Diaries: Ready to Play was produced by Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson. The show was mixed by Jared Weissbrot.
Brooks Laich = Ladies Man
In the ring, there is no doubt that Brooks Laich is revered for his skills and dedication. However, off it, he is better known as a ladies man by his Washington Capitals team mates.
Karl Alzner Summer Shift Nike Hockey
A video of British Columbia rookie Karl Alzner at training.
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