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Injured Backlund returning to Calgary

Flames forward Mikael Backlund is cutting his World Cup short and heading to Calgary to rehab his injury

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers /

CALGARY, AB -- Team Sweden will continue on at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 in Toronto, but they'll do so without Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund.  

Backlund will return to Calgary on Saturday after sustaining a concussion in a tournament game against Team Finland on Tuesday.

"He's on his way back," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We don't expect him to be on the ice tomorrow. He'll be evaluated with our guys and get with our group. I know Sweden announced he's out. He's flying back to Calgary. He'll be here tonight, I believe. We'll get our guys to evaluate him and see where he's at."


The 27-year-old sustained the injury after taking a high hit from Team Finland defenceman Sami Lepisto in Team Sweden's 2-0 round robin victory.

Backlund had no points and two shots and two games at the World Cup.

He established new career-highs with 21 goals and 47 points while playing in all 82 games for the Flames last season.

"After meeting with the Calgary Flames doctors yesterday, they determined it would be best for Mikael Backlund to return to Calgary to continue his injury rehabilitation," Team Sweden coach Rikard Grönborg said in a release. "He will not rejoin the team for the duration of the tournament. While it is disappointing to lose Mikael, we understand the decision and thank him for his contributions to Team Sweden."  

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