N1KY: Capitals Honor Nicklas Backstrom With Pregame Ceremony For Playing 1,000th Game

Thursday night marked an incredible night for Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom. The 33-year-old Swede is playing his 1,000th career game. He has become the second player in franchise history to play 1,000 games with the Capitals, joining teammate and captain Alex Ovechkin.

The Capitals honored Backstrom as players wore special No. 19 warmup jerseys and held a pre-game ceremony prior to hosting the Buffalo Sabres. Teammates rocked No. 19 sweaters during pregame skate:

The Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation are hosting a special N1KY auction featuring the Backstrom tribute jerseys. The auction opened at 6 PM ET on Thursday at WashCaps.com/N1kyAuction. Proceeds benefit So Kids Can 2020-21 beneficiary Kid Power, Inc. and the Washington Capitals Capital Impact Fund.

Photos: @Capitals

Before puck drop, Backstrom was recognized and presented with a special gift from the organization and Capitals players. Capitals’ general manager Brian MacLellan joined Backstrom’s fiancé Liza and their children Haley, Vince, and Alizee, on the ice for the ceremony.

“It means a lot and, obviously, to do it with the same team too is very special,” Backstrom said to the media following Wednesday’s practice. “Washington has meant so much to me and to be able to play 1,000 games with this team is going to be a special feeling for sure.”

Nicky by the Numbers

  • Backstrom is the second active player to reach the 1,000-game mark with at least 700 career assists (Sidney Crosby).
  • Backstrom is the 69th player in NHL history and the 14th active player to play 1,000 career games with one team, and the first Capital to reach the 1,000-game mark in a Capitals sweater since Brooks Orpik on January 14, 2019, against the St. Louis Blues.
  • Backstrom, who was selected by the Capitals fourth overall in the 2006 NHL Draft, will become the fourth player from his draft class to reach the 1,000-game mark. He ranks first in the 2006 draft class in both assists (714) and points (971). Backstrom will also become the 14th Swedish-born player to reach 1,000 career games.
  • The Capitals hold a record of 592-296-111 with Backstrom in the lineup since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007. Backstrom has skated with 165 different teammates, played in 39 different venues, and has played in front of 17,104,313 fans in his career.
  • On March 5, 2021, against the Boston Bruins, Backstrom became the second-fastest active player (Crosby: 856 games) and the 23rd fastest player in NHL history to reach the 700-assist mark in his 979th career game.
  • Since his NHL debut in 2007, Backstrom is the only player in the NHL to record at least 700 assists (714) during that span.

On January 14, 2020, Backstrom signed a five-year, $46 million contract extension with Washington. During Wednesday’s media call, he expressed his love for the Capitals and fans, “I love the team, I love the city, and I love the fans and everything. It’s important. [I] and my family have fallen in love with the city, so to be able to do that [play entire career with the Capitals], that’s great.”

Backstrom is also a Stanley Cup Champion in which he called the 2018 postseason run “a great, great experience,” adding “I think if you look at it too, we’re getting older, but I feel like we’re not done, we’re not satisfied, which is a good thing.”

“It’s obviously a nice milestone, but at the same time, I feel like I have a lot of years left. It’s more about the mentality of ‘Keep going’ and not be satisfied and strive for more. That’s the mindset you have to have or least I have.”

From all of us at NoVa Caps, congratulations Nicklas Backstrom on 1,000 career games! Here’s to many more!

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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4 Responses to N1KY: Capitals Honor Nicklas Backstrom With Pregame Ceremony For Playing 1,000th Game

  1. Anonymous says:

    God bless Nicklas Backstrom. #N1KY

  2. Jon Sorensen says:


  3. Diane Doyle says:

    How Swede is it to be passed from you

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a fart fest. Cant win a game for 19.

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