Capitals pay tribute to Nicklas Backstrom in his 1,000th career game

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Capitals pay tribute to Backstrom in his 1,000th career game originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Thursday marked a special night for Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom, who made his 1,000th appearance in a Washington sweater against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Caps honored him with a tribute video prior to the game, highlighting some of the greatest moments of his 14-year career, and general manager Brian MacLellan gifted him with a silver stick to commemorate the occasion. 

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He joined his longtime teammate and golfing partner Alex Ovechkin as the only other Capitals player to reach the milestone. It was only right that Ovechkin be the one to present him with another gift on behalf of the players: an all-inclusive trip to any golf resort of his choosing.

Backstrom has earned all of the love from the organization and its fans, not just for his exceptional passing ability -- though his franchise assists record may be indicative of his selfless nature. 

Throughout the tribute video, his family, friends, teammates and even Capitals owner Ted Leonsis spoke of his immense impact off the ice and his willingness to put others before himself. 

At just 33-years-old, Backstrom has been a pillar in the Capitals organization since they selected him 4th overall in 2006. One Stanley Cup, 714 assists and 1,000 games later, his legacy continues to grow night in and night out.