In early August, Nicklas Backstrom will play in his first game since winning a gold medal at the 2017 World Championship. The Capitals first-line center will participate in Brynäs’ annual internal scrimmage. Capitals prospect defenseman Christian Djoos will play as well.
Both players are alumni of the team.
At the age of 15, Backstrom first started playing for Brynäs IF’s junior team in the J20 SuperElit league. According to Wikipedia, Backstrom was promoted to the pro team in the Elitserien, Sweden’s top professional hockey league, during the 2004-05 season after scoring 34 points in 29 games (17 goals and 17 assists) as a 17-year-old. Backstrom would play parts of three seasons with the big league team before becoming a full-time member of the Washington Capitals during the 2007-08 season.
The game will be played at 6:30pm in the Gavlerinken Arena. Other notable NHL players who are planning to participate include Mattias Ekholm and Jakob Silfverberg.