After having their NHL careers overlap by nine years, Finnish goaltender Niklas Backstrom and Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom were sometimes confused because of the nearly identical spelling of their names. Although the former Wild goalie is no longer playing in the NHL, he had another mix up at Montreal’s Canadian Grand Prix this past weekend.
Niklas Backstrom’s entry pass had a headshot of his Capitals name-counterpart printed on it.
Niklas joked about mistake while speaking with MTV Finland’s Mervi Kallio.
“There have been a few times in my career that this has happened and there are a few funny stories,” Niklas said to Kallio as translated by friend of the blog Henri Judin. “In the autumn I would like to still play in the NHL, so maybe I will go and see if I can get into Washington’s locker room.”
“This is quite rare, but a few times it has happened,” Niklas added when speaking about the misprint of the photo.
Makes you wonder if Nicklas ever gets mistaken for Niklas.
Translations by Henri Judin. S/T to Bardown for first posting.
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