Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom announced on Wednesday that the annual game between Brynas Black-White is set for Thursday, August 15 at Galverinken in his hometown of Gavle, Sweden. The game will feature female hockey players for the first time.
The game is a part of a new “Hockey Is For Everyone” initiative. Brynäs IF has an overall strategy to be a sustainable ice hockey club. Among the UN’s 17 global sustainability goals, gender equality is one of them. It also involves hockey.
Forward Lara Stalder, who has won 111 national matches and is an Olympic bronze for Switzerland on the track record, is one of the four players from the Swedish Women’s League team that will play Black against White. The other three players will come like the NHL players do continuously during the summer.
The game is free to go to and has activities prior to the game, which includes: an autograph signing session, a skills competition, and food.
”Hi, Nicklas Bäckström here. This year’s ”black and White”-game will be held on the 15th of August. I will off course be there. This year four players from the female hockey team will also be invited. A good initiave, hockey should be for everyone. I hope to see you there.”
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) June 19, 2019
By Harrison Brown