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Capitals Award Backstrom Golden Stick, Hold Ceremony To Celebrate 1,000 Points



Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At Capital One Arena on Saturday, all eyes were on Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, as the team paid tribute to their star center for hitting 1,000 career points back.

The Capitals honored No. 19 with a pregame ceremony prior to puck drop. Backstrom and his family, along with Brian MacLellan and teammates, were on the ice as Washington rolled out the red carpet for Backstrom. Behind him was a “1,000” backdrop, and the team also had a video tribute for the 34-year-old, who is just the second player in franchise history to reach the millennium mark.

In the video, the Capitals highlighted Backstrom’s milestones, from his first point to 500th assist to 1,000th point. Ryan Getzlaf, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane also congratulated Backstrom, along with teammate and friend Alex Ovechkin.

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The NHL paid tribute to Backstrom with a Tiffany crystal. Also, Brian MacLellan and DIck Patrick, on behalf of the organization, gave Backstrom a golden stick to commemorate the milestone. Also, Ovechkin and John Carlson presented Backstrom with custom wedges and fine wine.

Not only did the team hold a special ceremony for the Swede, but also gave away squishy “N1KY” apples and pins to commemorate his accomplishment. The team additionally had a display for Backstrom on the main concourse, filled with apples and pucks to celebrate the playmaker.

Backstrom reached the milestone back on March 9 with a goal and assist against the Edmonton Oilers. His 1,000th point fittingly came off a helper on a brilliant stretch pass up to T.J. Oshie.

Through 1,044 career games with the Capitals, Backstrom has picked up 263 goals and 741 assists.

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Larry Reagan

Awesome compilation of the events. Felt like I was there. Thanks!

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