SHARE
Stanley Cup Final
PLAYER SEARCH:  
ADVANCED SEARCH ›
Nicklas Backstrom
NUMBER: 19 BIRTHDATE: November 23, 1987  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Gävle, Sweden
WEIGHT: 208 DRAFTED: WSH / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (4th overall)
As an 18-year-old in 2006, he became the youngest to play for Sweden at the World Championship, playing on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. He won gold, playing the last four games of the tournament, filling a spot previously held for Daniel Alfredsson.

Playing in his home country at the 2007 World Junior Championships, Backstrom led his team and finished second behind Patrick Kane with seven assists for the tournament.

He played alongside fellow 2010 Olympian Patric Hornqvist at the 2008 World Championships and together they combined for 13 points (9-4-13). Sweden lost to Finland in the bronze medal game.

Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4