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.
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.
HERE HE IS! The Super Swede. Number 19. Mr. 900!!@VogsCaps caught up with @backstrom19 before #CapsPreds, which will be his 900th game in the NHL. Time flies!#ALLCAPS #Backy900 pic.twitter.com/yihdV7wIJX
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 10, 2019
“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.”
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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.