Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom Skate Before Capitals Practice

An encouraging sighting a MedStar Capitals Iceplex this morning. Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom were spotted by NBC Sports Washington’s Matt Weyrich conducting a light workout at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

The pair skated alone in non-practice gear prior to the Capitals main practice, which is scheduled for 11AM.

“I was excited to see them out there,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “They’re at the beginning steps of getting back on the ice. You won’t see them in gear tomorrow. They’re at the very beginning, but it was great to see them out there. I’m sure that they were thrilled to get out there and touch the ice and touch their edges and move a puck around, and it’s awesome.”

“It’s so good to see,” Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said. “Nick told me at the bus stop this morning (when they dropped off their children) that he was going on the ice today for the first time, so I was crazy excited to get here and see him out there. Sure enough, he was throwing flat [saucer passes] out there like it was nothing and he hasn’t skated in like six months, five months, whatever.”

Wilson underwent surgery for a torn ACL on May 25 and said the recovery has been “good,” adding, “It’s been pretty smooth…definitely something different than I’ve, obviously, had to go through, so just kind of take it day-by-day, but it’s going well.” He is expected to possibly return to the team as early as November.

Backstrom underwent hip resurfacing surgery in June and his return remains unknown at this time, however the sight of him skating is nothing but an encouraging sign.

According to the Capitals this is the first time both players have skated.

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 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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8 Responses to Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom Skate Before Capitals Practice

  1. Chris C. says:

    Please don’t rush them back especially Tom.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A good sight indeed.

  3. Lance says:

    That’s fantastic. So happy to see those two skating.

  4. jim says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Praise Jesus.

  6. Mike K says:

    Is there a possibility both of them play in Hershey similarly to what they did for Kempny?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think there is a remote possibility. Rehab assignments can go any direction. I’d say more so for Tom Wilson.

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