Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom was given the Honorary Ambassador Award at the Swedish Embassy on Wednesday night. The award is given annually to a high-profile individual who serves as a good role model for youth.
Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden was present at the “In Light of Youth” benefit dinner, hosted by the Mentor Foundation. Backstrom’s Swedish Capitals teammates, Andre Burakovsky and Christian Djoos, joined him at the event.
“Our Honorary Ambassador Award highlights the efforts of high profile individuals who empowers young people to live healthy lives, free of drugs,” the Mentor Foundation said on Instagram. “Nicklas joined the Washington Capitals at a very young age, and has managed to keep a successful career with a focus on family, health and success.”