Last summer we brought you a piece on the continuing bromance between Capitals centerman Nicklas Backstrom and Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (here). The two were thoroughly enjoying their time together as Team Sweden was working their way towards a gold medal in the World Championships.
As you may recall, the relationship between Backstrom and Nylander dates back to when Backstrom was first drafted by the Capitals and first came to the states. Backstrom was invited to live with teammate and Williams father, Michael Nylander. (More on that here.)
The two Swedish Superstars sat down before a recent game at Capital One Arena to catch-up on things and chat a bit about their relationship. In this special report from Sportsnet, Nicklas Bäckström and William Nylander share their common experiences. Everything from how they played ping pong against each other when Bäckström just moved from Sweden to how they ended up in the same line in Tre Kronor last year and won World Cup gold in Cologne.
It’s truly refreshing to see this relationship grow, as the two star players have developed a tremendous chemistry on and off the ice. We hope someday we can see them both rocking the red at Capital One Arena.
By Jon Sorensen