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Oh yeah, that’s much better: Backstrom ditches No. 99 for No. 69

Oct 30, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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Last week, Nicklas Backstrom raised eyebrows by opting to wear No. 99 while playing for Dynamo Moscow.

Now…more eyebrows.

According to Magnus Nystrom of Swedish website Hockey Expressen, Backstrom is going to ditch No. 99 after November’s international break in favor of a new number:

69.

Yeah. Sixty nine.

Here’s a priceless Google translation:

But last submission is that Backstrom is promised to change the numbers after the national team break. Then state exist. Signatures must be accurate and all old stamps sit where they should. No nation loves old time stamps Russia.

Well, soon will not have Backstrom # 99 and after the Karjala Cup, he is number 69 Nicklas Backstrom.

“Well, that certainly cleared things up,” said nobody.

(NOTE: Russian Machine Never Breaks has a much more comprehensible version of the article.)

Regardless of the rough translation, it’s clear the issue of wearing No. 99 never went away and Backstrom felt pressure to change.

And yeah, Nystrom’s been actively following the “Backstrom 99″ story for a while.

Last week, he asked Backstrom about the decision to choose the number made famous (and practically untouchable) by Wayne Gretzky — and the Caps forward replied by saying he felt “wrong” about the decision and hoped to change the number soon.

(It’s believed Backstrom had to wear the number for a couple of games because Dynamo had already registered it with the KHL.)

On a related note, Backstrom scored his first KHL goal on Tuesday in a 3-1 win over Dinamo Riga wearing, that’s right, No. 99:

  1. sportsfreak13 - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Cant help but think of that scene from the movie goon “PICK 69 ITS HILARIOUS”.

  2. missthemexpos - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Obviously Backstrom picked #69 in tribute to his first NHL season of 2007/08 with Washington when he had 69 points in the regular season.

  3. comeonnowguys - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYWT4uYOPvs&w=420&h=315%5D

    • comeonnowguys - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Clearly, I am no blomfeld. Back to embed school I go.

      • ron05342 - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:06 PM

        it took me forever to figure it out too, and it turns out its the simplest thing in the world…simply start it out as the full web address, as in http:// etc.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYWT4uYOPvs&w=420&h=315%5D

      • ron05342 - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        Oops…have to remove the stuff before the second “=” sign begins…duh.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYWT4uYOPvs&w

      • ron05342 - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        Hmmmm, not working today, the way I usually did it was to just highlight the URL in the youtube, and that always seemed to work, one last try…

      • blomfeld - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        Achtung Comrade Comeonnowguys !

        It’s actually quite easy friend. All you do is highlight the www address of your desired video, then you “right click and copy” before proceeding back to your PHT post where you “right click and paste” your musical offering. That however is the easy part. What’s really challenging is the ability to select an “appropriate” video which both “compliments and underscores” the message that you are trying to convey. For example with this story here about hockey jersey numbers and such …

  4. trick9 - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I wonder what is going on inside his KHL team. If player tells the team that he doesn’t care what number he is wearing the staff shouldn’t be that stupid to first suggest 99 and then 69.

  5. JB (the original) - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Maybe, he’s a Jared Allen fan?

    http://losthatsportsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/jared-allen.jpg

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