Nicklas Backstrom told Ted Leonsis ‘you gotta stop giving me gifts, I got the one I need’ during 600-assist ceremony
The Washington Capitals honored Nicklas Backstrom for reaching 600 assists in a pregame ceremony, Wednesday. Backstrom recorded milestone assist number 600 on October 22 in Vancouver on a (suprise, suprise) Alex Ovechkin powerplay goal. The 30-year-old Swede reached 600 assists in only 823 games and is the first player from the 2006 NHL Draft class to reach this threshold.
The Capitals played a tribute video to celebrate Backstrom’s accomplishment that included congratulations from his family, teammates, and Swedish superstars.
Ted Leonsis even presented Backstrom with a golden puck and a Tiffany crystal with “600” engraved on them. After the game, a humble Backstrom revealed that while he was honored, he didn’t need any more gifts moving forward for one big reason.