The Washington Capitals gave away a limited amount of squishy N1KY apples during its game against the New Jersey Devils on March 26. The promotional giveaway celebrated Nicklas Backstrom hitting the 1000 point milestone earlier in the month.
The special keepsake, however, became a tool of celebration in the third period when Backstrom scored. A portion of Capitals fans threw the apples on the ice forcing a partial stoppage of the game. Later in the locker room, Capitals players celebrated their W by pelting Backstrom with the fake fruit. Since then, some of the N1KY apples have popped up on resale sites like Mercari and eBay generally selling for $40-$60 each.
Friday, after Capitals practice, Backstrom was asked to sign one of the apples by a Capitals fan.