Nicklas Backstrom Speaker Profile
Captain for the Washington Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom Biography
[[Nicklas Backstrom]] was born November 23, 1987 and is a Swedish professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has earned the nickname of "King Biscuit Ripper" among Washington fans for his quick release and precision passing.
BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m was a top prospect in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and was selected fourth overall by the Washington Capitals. With that, he became the fourth-highest drafted Swede, after Mats Sundin (first), Daniel Sedin (second), and Henrik Sedin (third). Victor Hedman was also picked second.
On July 10, 2006, it was announced that he had turned down an offer from Washington Capitals and had decided to play in BrynÃ¤s for at least one more season.
On May 21, 2007, BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals, to begin playing during the 2007-08 NHL season.
On October 5, 2007, he scored his first NHL point, an assist on a goal by fellow Swede Michael Nylander, against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Upon his arrival to the NHL, BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m was solid but not spectacular as he made the transition to the smaller ice rinks of North America. However, after an injury to Nylander, BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m was promoted to the first line, where he flourished. Playing alongside Alexander Ovechkin, BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m set NHL and team records while helping Ovechkin win the Art Ross Trophy and the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.
BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m was the runner up to Chicago's Patrick Kane for the Calder Trophy. Kane had 1,087 votes while BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m had 872 votes. The Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews was third with 647. However, BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m was named to the All-Rookie Team along with Kane and Toews.
In his second NHL season, BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m would go on to lead both the Capitals and Swedish NHL players with 66 assists, and added 22 goals for 88 points, placing him within the top ten NHL scorers in the 2008-09 regular season. BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m would again prove to be a force in the playoffs, tallying 15 points in 14 games.
Following the 2008-09 NHL playoffs, BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m was awarded the Viking Award for being the best Swedish-born player in the 2008-09 NHL season; he is only the second Capital to win this award, following behind Calle Johansson.
BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m's entry-level contract expires after the 2009-10 NHL season, in which he will become a restricted free agent.
Backstrom scored his first career playoff hat trick, including the overtime game winner against The Montreal Canadiens in round 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Posted on 18 April 2013 | 4:49 pm
Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom is starring in the latest Geico commercial. In this spot he's apparently got a splinter - a rather big splinter. The premise of the ad is that "hockey can be tough, but saving money with Geico is easy." Backstrom won't be winning an Academy Award anytime soon, but he gets the job done. Following the 2008–09 NHL playoffs, the...[Read More]
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