ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals center and 2006 first-round draft pick Nicklas Backstrom
threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Washington Nationals-Baltimore Orioles game this afternoon at RFK Stadium. Backstrom, a native of Gavle, Sweden, attending his first baseball game, delivered a strike over the plate in front of the crowd of 29,281 before the Nats' 4-3 win.
Backstrom became the third Capitals player to throw out a first pitch at a Nationals game and second to do so this season. Team captain Chris Clark had the honors on April 6 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Alex Ovechkin
threw the first pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 27, 2006.
Backstrom will be introduced as the newest member of the Capitals at a news conference on Monday, May 21, and will begin his first professional season in the National Hockey League in 2007-08. The 6-0, 183-pound 19-year-old played 45 games for Brynas of the Swedish Elite League this past season, leading the team in points (40) and assists