Capitals Release Tribute Video In Honor Of Nicklas Backstrom’s 900 Games Played

The Washington Capitals released a tribute video in honor of Nicklas Backstrom’s 900 games played just prior to Thursday night’s tilt with the Predators in Nashville. The video was released across all of the Capitals social media channels.


Video: @Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom played in his 900th career NHL game tonight against the Nashville Predators Thursday night. Since Backstrom’s rookie season in 2007-08, his 876 career points (232g, 644a) leads the 2006 NHL Draft class and his 644 assists rank first in the NHL.

The Capitals Mike Vogel sat down with Backstrom earlier in the day on Thursday to discuss the accomplishment.

“It’s very special, obviously,” Backstrom said to Mike Vogel, about his first-ever NHL game. “So much nerves and emotional involved in that game. It’s very special. But I still feel that same emotional and nerves before every game. I think that’s a good thing. That’s never going to go away, I think.”

FROM CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE

On Thursday against the Nashville Predators, Nicklas Backstrom will play in his 900th career game, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to reach the milestone. Backstrom will also become the second player from his 2006 NHL Draft class to reach the 900 game mark (Phil Kessel: 998 games played). Backstrom’s 876 career points (232g, 644a) leads his draft class, as does his 644 career assists. Since his rookie season in 2007-08, his 644 assists rank first in the NHL. He’s the only player in the NHL to record at least 50 assists in each of the last six seasons and one of 26 players all-time to string together six consecutive 50-assist seasons. Of the 25 other players to accomplish this feat, 23 are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the other two players (Joe Thornton and Henrik Sedin) are not yet eligible. Backstrom, who collected two points (1g, 1a) against Dallas last night, recorded his first multi-point game of the season and 234th of his career. Backstrom is now five assists shy of passing Daniel Sedin (648) for the fifth-most assists among Swedish-born players and 10 points shy of passing Peter Forsberg (885) for the seventh-most points by a Swedish-born player in NHL history.

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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