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Report: Backstrom will get silver medal this month

Aug 8, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom represented his native Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but he wasn’t allowed to participate in the gold medal game against Canada because he tested positive for a banned substance. It was later revealed that the substance in question was pseudoephedrine, which was in his system because he was taking the allergy medication Zyrtec-D on the advice of a Swedish team doctor.

So while Backstrom wasn’t awarded a silver medal at the same time as the rest of his teammates, the IOC ruled in March that he would receive one. Fast forward five months and his time is almost at hand.

The current plan is to give him his medal during a pregame ceremony for a Swedish league game on Aug. 28, per Pro Hockey Magazine’s Linus Hugosson.

The contest will feature Brynas IF Gavle, which is the club Backstrom played for before making the transition to the NHL. He has spent the bulk of the offseason in Sweden and recently participated in a scrimmage with his old team.

(h/t CSN Washington)

  1. spezzdispenser - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Right at the height of allergy season, what a slap in the face

    • erbaker67 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Comedy Gold!

  2. jpelle82 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    will he throw it off a bridge in protest?

  3. lovac2 - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    This instantly elevates him as the most decorated player in the Capitals’ history.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Because Dustin Penner’s 2 Stanley Cups were just pretend?

  4. LampyB - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    What a slap in the face. Fact is they still didnt let him play and try to win the gold.

  5. bigbadbruins77 - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Could have been gold of he played!!!

    • alliceishome - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Right, because he was the tipping point between them and Team Canada.

      Get real

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