Nicklas Backstrom To Be Honored For 1,000th NHL Point Before Devils Game


Nicklas Backstrom became the second player in Washington Capitals franchise history to record 1,000 career points on March 9 against the Edmonton Oilers, and the 40th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with one franchise.

The Capitals will hold a pre-game ceremony this Saturday before the Devils game to honor Backstrom’s achievement. 

FROM THE CAPITALS

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will hold a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, March 26, prior to hosting the New Jersey Devils to honor alternate captain Nicklas Backstrom for recording his 1,000th NHL point. During the ceremony, Backstrom will receive a special gift from the organization, the National Hockey League and his teammates. Capitals President Dick Patrick and General Manager Brian MacLellan will join Backstrom and his family on the ice during the ceremony.

The Capitals will celebrate N1KY Night by providing fans with an opportunity to pick up a squishy N1KY 1,000 Points apple. The giveaway will be available for pickup at tables throughout the concourse. The apples are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. In addition, fans are also encouraged to visit section 118 to take their photo at a special fan photo display that features apples representing assists and pucks representing goals in honor of Backstrom’s milestone.

Backstrom became the second player in franchise history to record 1,000 career points on March 9 against the Edmonton Oilers, and the 40th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with one franchise. Backstrom’s 737 career assists at the time of the milestone marked the sixth-most through a player’s first 1,000 points in NHL history.

Backstrom has earned 1,003 points (263g, 740a) in 1,043 career games with the Capitals. He ranks first in franchise history in assists (740), second in points (1,003), games played (1,043), power play points (407) and overtime goals (9) and fourth in goals (263) and power play goals (80).

Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, Backstrom is the fifth player to record 1,000 points during that span, joining Ovechkin (1,198), Sidney Crosby (1,167), Patrick Kane (1,159) and Evgeni Malkin (1,045). During this span, Backstrom additionally ranks first in the NHL with 740 assists and second with 407 power play points, despite ranking 17th in games played. He became the first player from his 2006 NHL Draft class to reach the mark, and he holds a 60-point lead over the next highest scoring player from his class (Phil Kessel: 943 career points).

In addition to becoming the 93rd player in NHL history to reach the milestone, Backstrom became the sixth Swedish player in NHL history to record 1,000 points. Backstrom ranks fourth among Swedish players in NHL history with 740 assists. His 0.96 points per game rate ranks second among Swedish players with at least 1,000 points, only behind Mats Sundin, who averaged 1.00 points per game and is the all-time Swedish points leader with 1,349.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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