iihf-world-championship

  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: William Nylander and Nicklas Backstrom have known other since the year 2007, with Nicklas Backstrom being a not even 20 years old rookie, coming to Washington to stay with former Capitals center Michael Nylander and his family, including 11 year old William Nylander and his then 9 year old brother Alexander, they were living together, shooting pucks at the rink together before practices and playing ping pong in the Nylander basement even after moving out. Now, William Nylander and Nicklas Backstrom, after facing each other in the Stanley cup Playoffs in William Nylander's rookie year, play together on the same line for Team Sweden at the IIHF World Championship, Nicklas Backstrom centering William Nylander on his right wing after knowing each other since Nicklas Backstrom was too, a young Swedish rookie in the NHL, 10 years ago.