Former NHL Goalie Niklas Backstrom mistaken for Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom at Canadian Grand Prix


Photo: Niklas Backstrom , mtv.fi, Bardown Sports

Former NHL goalie Niklas Backstrom, 39, who hails from Helsinki, Finland, was in Canada this weekend to take in the Canadian Grand Prix race in Montreal. Capitals’ star center Nicklas Backstrom, from Gavle, Sweden, was not in Montreal for the race, but his picture was. 

It appears organizers may have made the easy mistake of mixing up the two hockey players and ended up using the wrong headshot on Niklas’ Backstrom’s pass.


Photo: Niklas Backstrom , mtv.fi, Bardown Sports

Not a horrible or inconceivable mistake, but we wonder just how tight security is for the event and are they really checking these passes?

(h/t BarDown)

By Jon Sorensen

Congratulations Nicklas Backstrom! #SlickNick #Capitals #Caps #RockTheRed

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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