Nicklas Backstrom to participate in Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello’s Summer Classic Outdoors in August

Photo: @larsaalgaard

The Summer Classic 2018 is a charity game created by the New York Rangers players Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden, and Mats Zuccarello, Norway. The game will take place at UllevaalStadium, which is a soccer stadium, on the 11th of August in Oslo, Norway. 

[UPDATE: Thursday, July 26th] Nicklas Backstrom will no longer be participating in the Summer Classic due to “Day With The Cup” commitments with Christian Djoos, also to be held on the same day.

For the first time, Oslo’s largest stadium will be transformed in to an outdoor hockey rink in the middle of summer. With enough room to accommodate 23,000 spectators, Summer Classic will be Norway’s largest sporting charity event.

There will be a pre-game showdown between Swedish and Norwegian sports and entertainment celebrities. This to once and for all settle which country truly rules the ice.

Both Henke and Zucca are recruiting hockey players for their own team and Nicklas Backstrom will be a player for Zucca´steam, according to the events website.

These are a couple of other NHL stars that are going to participate in this charity game.

Team Zucca: Filip Forsberg, Carl Haglin, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman etc.

Team Henke: William Nylander, Johan Klingberg, HampusLindholm, William Karlsson etc, as well as the NHL alumni, Peter Forsberg and Mats Sundin.

For more information about the event, check out their website:

Backstrom participated in Zuccarello’s charity game last summer as well. You can relive all the Swedish glory right here.

Backstrom will have his day with the Stanley Cup the following day, back home in Sweden.

By Sofie Bengsston


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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