Oct 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) is defended by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Nicklas Backstrom: Silver Medal Award

Nicklas Backstrom was a team participant during the Winter Olympics this past year.  His team, Sweden, went on to play in the Gold Medal game, the one that Backstrom was unable to participate in.  He was held out of the Gold Medal game, against Canada, due to a banned substance found in his system. 

It was later found out that the banned substance is one that is readily found in allergy medicine; pseudoephedrine.  The Washington Capitals center was prescribed Zyrtec-D, an allergy medication, by a Swedish team doctor.

Back in March, it was determined by the IOC, International Olympic Committee, that Backstrom should be awarded a Silver Medal, like the rest of his Swedish teammates.

We are now into August and no Silver Medal yet, but the word on the street is that Backstrom will get it at a pregame ceremony on August 28th, before a Swedish League game.  It is fitting that one of the participants is Backstrom’s former team, Brynas IF Gavle, the team he played with before entering the NHL.  He is also still active with the Swedish team, as he participated in a scrimmage during the NHL offseason.

Congratulations Nicklas Backstrom.  A long time coming. Better late than never.

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