Nicklas Backstrom plays in Brynäs’ Black and White scrimmage, speaks about NHL’s ‘sad’ Olympic decision
Thursday, Capitals first-line center Nicklas Backstrom suited up in a game for the first time since Team Sweden won gold at the 2017 World Championship. Along with fellow Brynäs alum, Caps defense prospect Christian Djoos, Backstrom played in the team’s annual Black and White scrimmage. Backstrom played parts of three seasons with his hometown SEL team before starting his career with the Capitals.
Days before the scrimmage however, Backstrom made news during an interview with national outlet Aftonbladet. The discussion focused primarily on the NHL’s unpopular decision to forbid its players to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.