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Members of the Washington Capitals celebrate with Nicklas Backstrom (19) of Sweden after Backstrom scored against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of game five of the Eastern Conference quarter finals at the Verizon Center in Washington on April 19, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Lars Nicklas Bäckström (born 23 November 1987) is a Swedish professional ice hockey center and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Bäckström's father Anders is a known Swedish hockey player who played his whole hockey career for Brynäs IF, totaling 10 seasons for the club. Nicklas' older brother Kristoffer is also a hockey player, but in the second tier of the Swedish league system with Hammarby IF.

Bäckström was a top prospect in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and was selected fourth overall by the Washington Capitals. With that, he became the fourth-highest drafted Swede, after Mats Sundin (first), Daniel Sedin (second) and Henrik Sedin (third). Victor Hedman was later picked second in 2009.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Nicklas Backstrom."
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