Nicklas Backstrom Participates In Mats Zuccarello All-Star Game

Washington Capitals’ center Nicklas Backstrom participated in the 2017 Zuccarello All-Star Game Wednesday night at the DNB Arena in Stavenger, Norway. 

Backstrom joined event host Mats Zuccarello (Rangers) and current NHL stars including Carl Hagelin (Penguins), Oscar Lindbergh (Rangers), Marcus Johansson (Devils) and Mika Zabinajad (Rangers), and hockey legends including Peter Forsberg, in a charity hockey game all to raise money for “Right To Play“.


The first Zuccarello All Star Game was held in Stavanger, Norway in 2014. Norwegian celebrities from various professions took part in the inaugural game. It all proved to be a massive success, and has been repeated every summer since.

In total the event has raised 4.8 million NOK for the charity organization Right To Play, and various Norwegian hockey players, NHL-stars and legends of the sport have taken part.


Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 20​00 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur. Through sports and games, the organization helps children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact​.

As for the game itself, former Capitals’ winger Marcus Johansson had the assist of the game, setting up hockey legend Peter Forsberg:


Prior to the game, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson managed to get in a round of golf. They were joined by Rickard Rakell (Ducks) and Oscar Lindbergh (Rangers) at the Stavenger Golf Club.


Additional photos from the event:

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Oh nothing, just me and Hags. 🏒🐧 #dying

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Ikke nachtspiel i år ! #FLINK #bryllup

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Team Zuccarello! #PepsiMax

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Team Forsberg! #REMA1000

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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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Nicklas Backstrom Participates In Mats Zuccarello All-Star Game

  1. Miss MoJo. Great between-the-legs pass to Forsberg

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