Report: Backstrom to receive silver medal later this month

Report: Backstrom to receive silver medal later this month
August 8, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom is expected to finally receive his silver medal from the 2014 Sochi Games in his hometown of Gavle, Sweden later this month.

According to Pro Hockey Magazine’s Editor in Chief Linus Hugosson, Backstrom will be presented with his silver medal at a pregame ceremony before a Swedish Hockey League game between Brynäs and Swedish hockey power Djurgården on Aug. 28.

Backstrom appeared in five games for Sweden at the Winter Olympics, but was ruled ineligible for the gold medal game against Canada because of a positive drug test.

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Backstrom had a high level of pseudoephedrine, a banned substance which can be found in the allergy medication Zyrtec-D. As a result of the positive drug test, Backstrom did not receive a medal with his teammates in Sochi.

Backstrom appealed the ruling, with the International Olympic Committee Disciplinary Commission deciding in March that while the suspension was “fully justified,” he was entitled to his silver medal.

The IOC DC ruled that because Backstrom was relying on “specific advice from the team doctor” and because he wasn’t taking the medication to gain a competitive advantage, “the athlete should be entitled to receive the silver medal and diploma awarded for men’s ice hockey.”

Backstrom has spent much of his offseason in Sweden and has skated with Brynäs IF Gavle- the team he played parts of three seasons with as a teenager before debuting with the Capitals in 2007.

Earlier this week, Backstrom took part in a scrimmage with Brynäs and spoke afterwards with the Swedish media about his upcoming season in Washington, including his thoughts on new head coach Barry Trotz.

Backstrom was one of seven Capitals to appear in all 82 games last season and finished the year tied with Alex Ovechkin with a team-high 79 points (18 goals and 61 assists).