The Washington Capitals and their fans had a chance to show Nick Backstrom just how proud they are of his accomplishment: 500 career assists in 691 NHL games. He is the first Cap player to record 500 assists, the second fastest Swedish player to record 500 assists, third fastest current player with 500 assists, and seen by his teammates as a team leader – all from the Capitals video which played as we were given a chance to congratulate Nicky.
In a sweet ceremony, Backstrom was joined by fiance Lisa Berg and his two children as the Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis and Team President Dick Patrick.presented him with a ceremonial gold hockey stick. The quiet Swede had that big grin as he held his son Vince while waving at fans.
Nicky has already notched an additional five assists (one on Sunday) since becoming the 139th player to reach this impressive milestone a week ago. No doubt he will continue to lead his team forward and feed players the puck while scoring a few of his own goals too!