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Nicklas Backstrom to Throw First Pitch at Nationals Game May 20

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals center and 2006 first-round draft pick Nicklas Backstrom will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday, May 20, when the Washington Nationals take on the Baltimore Orioles at 1:35 p.m. at RFK Stadium.  

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 (28).   

Backstrom is 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.
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