Photo: Joel Marklund

Over the weekend, released a fascinating Swedish-language interview with the Caps’ reluctant star, Nicklas Backstrom. Interviewer Markus Bäckström (no relation) asked Nicky about the recent birth of his daughter Haley and how fatherhood has changed his life.

Backstrom also spoke frankly about how he feels more comfortable out of the spotlight. Friend-of-the-blog Jake Ware translates.

Backstrom speaks about fatherhood at the 8:14 mark.

Quite a lot has happened in your life recently. You became a father in October. How has that been?

It’s been really exciting, unbelievably fun, and quite an adjustment, a different life. But it’s been really fun. It’s gone great. Both my girlfriend and daughter feel great and grow every day. It’s an incredible experience to watch your own child grow.

Do you sleep at night?

Yeah, I do actually. My girlfriend is great at getting up at night and taking care of her so I can sleep, especially the nights before a game. You need the rest.

When do you take care of her?

When I’m home I try to do more and give her some time off. I think we complement each other quite well actually.

Your coach, Adam Oates, went out on Twitter saying you should call your daughter Adam, what do you think of that?

I didn’t know he had Twitter! [Editor’s note: He doesn’t.] It was probably just a joke, as you know you can’t call a girl Adam!

What did you name her then?

She’s called Haley.

Backstrom talks about staying in the shadows of other players at the 10:40 mark.

Looking around town, it feels like Ovechkin really is what you call a “franchise player” and that you’re more in the shadows. How do you see that?

I see it as a positive! Of course his personality and what he’s managed on the ice few people have done. He is the face of Washington and the one that sells the most. That I’m in the background I have no problems with. I see it only as a positive. I’m more the type to come to work and do my job, always give 100%, and not need too much attention to be honest. I mean, I don’t mind talking to the media for example, but I don’t feel bad if I don’t either. That’s how I am as a person and always will be.

Do you think you get enough credit as you deserve with how much you’ve produced over many years? In Sweden, all the talk is pretty much about Zetterberg, the Sedins, Henrik Lundqvist, but you’ve had lots of success.

That’s a hard question… I really don’t think it matters.

But why do you think it’s like that?

I don’t know, maybe because they’ve been around even longer. I don’t know. It’s a hard question to answer. But they deserve it, they are that good hockey players.

Do you not deserve it as well then, just looking at what happens on the ice?

I’m probably not the right person to answer that question. I always try to play my best and do as well as I can. It doesn’t matter if I get credit or not, those I want to get credit from I get it from anyway. That’s what matters.

Malin of the blog Hockeyramblings translated the rest of the interview. Make sure to check it out. It includes Backstrom’s thoughts about the upcoming Olympics as well as some interesting thoughts from Calle Johansson.


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  • Steve

    Sometimes i wish backie would just grow a pair and get angry. The guy can play incredible when he wants to. But i mean, as long as he’s still dishin out assists and thats all he wants to do then whatever.

  • Diller M

    What an awesome guy, great post Ian! Although the translation in the first question, both my daughter and girlfriend continue to grow everyday may be a little off, at least I hope for Nickey’s sake it is…

  • SamWow Carroll

    I mean the guy is rocking a the Nats lid. Love the role he plays.

    I get cised.

  • Mark Chaffer

    Do you watch games regularly? He takes chances when they present themselves. He’s a playmaker and his style is to control the game and set other players up. Not everyone is Joe Pavelski.

  • Christoffer Salo Salomonsson

    he actually said just that =)

  • I think the fact he has a daughter proves he has a “pair”… Unless you meant “pear”. Then yes, we should all grow pears. Agrarian Urbanism is the next big thing… Unless you meant testicles, and then I would say having those doesn’t mean someone gets “angry” or plays better hockey… But I digress…

  • R.O’B.

    I wish he would spring a photo of Haley on us, but then again I don’t think we are ready for how beautiful she probably is.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    I love you. Never leave.

  • Alex
  • johnnymorte

    In about 2 or 3 years he will be the best two way player in the world. He has a fantastic wrist shot, I don’t know why he doesn’t use it more. If he bumped up his SOG’s he could easily be a 30 goal scorer.

  • Brackaphobia

    Yeah Nicky, way to be a modest and humble athlete.

    Also, +1 for the Curly W 🙂

  • Graham Dumas

    This is precisely why I rock the #19 jersey. Such a quality hockey player, and seems like such a great guy.

  • Never doubt an RMNB translation!

  • Yes, Rachel works with us. You guys should totally buy her stuff. 😀

  • Clint Petty

    Please just give this a watch and then reassess your opinion…

  • His girlfriend usually sits in 104 with a bunch of other Caps family members. She’s brought Haley to the games on a couple of occasions. She’s a total CUTIE PIE.

  • Yes. you guys should.

    My house has no space left on the walls anymore.

  • maddyjl

    I’m pretty sure a halo spontaneously appeared about Nicky’s head during this interview because he is a hockey angel.

  • R.O’B.

    So jealous!! Love adorable babies

  • BPThomas

    Yea, I know what you mean, it really bothers me that he doesn’t get angry like Datsyuk, or Marty St. Louis. Or Gretzky. Those guys really knew how to throw down the gloves and scrap.

  • RIP Nicky’s pair. March 4, 2010 –

  • Shawn Murphy

    How can you not love this guy, it’s seriously beyond my comprehension.

  • erinamanda13

    Top notch guy. Gets the job done…no need to say more than that.

  • Diller M

    Lol, hopefully she doesn’t read RMNB or Nickey’s might be getting his sleep on the couch

  • Chris Cerullo

    Will easily go down as one of my favorite Caps players of all time

  • Chris Cerullo

    Which he was in 09-10

  • salgotnv

    He is so freakin’ Swedish. It’s awesome.

  • manda

    Perhaps he meant “growing” as in learning and changing and understanding more about motherhood?

  • Go Orioles! I am not afraid of your meager downvotes.

  • That’s how I took it. 😀

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    19 is my favorite number.

  • Harjot Singh

    To be honest Nickey is a noticeable franchise player and all caps fans that occasionally catch a regular season game know it. For the people in D.C that only watch play off hockey for the caps only recognize Ovechkin. There just a lot more Ovi posters for smart marketing and stuff like that I would assume.

  • Diller M

    Ha! Totally never crossed my mind, and to think I’ve been married for almost 9 years….

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  • Derek Eklund

    #19 jersey here. Love this guy.