Nicklas Backstrom Will Not Participate In 2021 World Championship Due To “Troubled Hip”; Carl Hagelin Will Also Not Join Team Sweden


According to a report by Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will not participate in the 2021 IIHF World Championship, currently underway in Riga, Latvia. Backstrom was invited to join Team Sweden earlier in the day on Monday. The report stated the reason Backstrom declined to join Team Sweden was because he was dealing with a “troubled hip.”

Capitals forward Carl Hagelin also received an invitation to join Team Sweden, however, Hagelin also declined to participate. No reason for why Hagelin declined was provided.

When asked about injuries following Sunday night’s 3-1 season-ending loss to the Bruins, Backstrom would not say if he was dealing with an injury or not, but did say he thinks all teams are banged up at this time of year.

The Russian Hockey Federation announced on Monday that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will not participate in the 2o21 IIHF World Championships, currently underway in Riga, Latvia. It was reported that Ovechkin declined because he was also dealing with an unspecified injury.

The Russian Hockey Federation also announced on Monday that Capitals’ defenseman Dmitry Orlov and Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov will join the Russian National team in Latvia.

Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is ineligible to participate in Russian National team activities until 2023. He received a four-year ban by the Russian Hockey Federation in 2019 when he tested positive for cocaine.

Capitals defensive prospect Tobias Geisser (Swiss) and forward prospect Aliaksei Protas (Belarus) are the only Capitals prospects currently playing in the 2021 World Championship.

By Jon Sorensen

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 Civil 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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5 Responses to Nicklas Backstrom Will Not Participate In 2021 World Championship Due To “Troubled Hip”; Carl Hagelin Will Also Not Join Team Sweden

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    No surprise that Backstrom isn’t playing in the IIHF World Championships. I know guys generally are banged up in the playoffs but the Caps’ injury situation was worse than normal banged up.

    It’s not as much of a requirement for Swedes to play in the World Championships as it seems to be for Russian hockey players.

  2. Marky says:

    This year was just one thing after another and in hindsight you can see why they struggled at the end of the year and into the playoffs. Here’s to 2021-22 season success.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      True Marky. And it seemed to all unravel in the final 2-3 weeks of the season. The trouble will be for Mac to determine what he really has, and what really needs changing.

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