Nicklas Backstrom was interviewed by Viaplay Sport Live on Monday. In the interview, he was asked about the birth of his third child, Alizee, and what the experience was like at the hospital, amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic. The following is a translation of the interview.
The Bäckström family has had an increase.
In the midst of the corona crisis, the couple’s third child was born.
“I thought it would be chaos at the hospital, but it went really well,” says “Bäckis” in tonight’s episode of Viaplay Sport Live.
The NHL season is paused and European players have been allowed to fly home to their respective countries. Nicklas Bäckström and his partner Liza Berg have chosen to stay in Washington since Liza was pregnant with the couple’s third child.
Last Sunday it was time.
“Great for us”
Now, “Bäckis” tells about the relief that everything went well.
“We came to the hospital and really thought it was going to be chaos (because of the corona virus), but there wasn’t a single person there besides us. It shows the respect people show for this virus, that everyone has stayed at home. All the nurses and doctors were great to us, it worked out well and we had to go home again after a day,” says Bäckström in a video interview broadcast in Viaplay Sport Live tonight.
“Like a ghost town”
The United States is one of the worst affected countries by the corona virus. New York is the worst hit, but even in the capital Washington DC it is marked, says “Bäckis”.
“When you drive around town it feels like a ghost town. There are no people out there, very few cars; everyone listens to the information from the president. You are like a big question mark and do not know what will happen. You see how the numbers are rising and rising and then they say we haven’t reached the “peak” yet, says Bäckström.
Backstrom and his fiancé, Liza welcomed their third child, a baby girl named Alizee, on Monday. The family is home and doing well. The 32-year old is now a father of three: Alizee, daughter Haley (6) and son Vince (3). Travel restrictions have prevented Liza from bringing her family from Sweden over to the U.S. to meet baby Alizee, which has been “tough” for them.
In an interview with Capitals media last Wednesday, Backstrom expressed his appreciation and gave lots of credit to the hospital staff and crew during a very difficult time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “They’re sacrificing themselves for others, which is probably one of the nicest things that a human being can do,” Backstrom said. “God bless them and thanks for the help.”