Nicklas Bäckström has arena named after him in Valbo

On Sunday afternoon Nicklas Bäckström returned to Valbo, the small town just outside of Gävle where he grew up. Nicky visited Valbo to have the town’s hockey arena named after him. The new name of the arena is Nickback arena, the same name as the Bäckström family company.

NickBack Arena.  Photo: Ulric Jansson / Sveriges Radio

NickBack Arena. . Photo: Ulric Jansson / Sveriges Radio

Nicklas talked to Swedish Radio station SR. “I think it’s a good thing to give back. I was incredibly happy when Valbo called me up and asked if this was something I was interested in doing. For me it felt like a no-brainer. With a new and better gym, the club’s young players can train under better conditions. Hopefully with the improved conditions there will come other talented players from Valbo in the future. They will have better conditions to train in, and [they] can develop into better hockey players.”

There is a long line to the table where Nicklas Bäckström signs autographs. Photo:  Ulric Jansson / Sveriges Radio

There is a long line to the table where Nicklas Bäckström signs autographs. Photo: Ulric Jansson / Sveriges Radio

Nicklas Bäckström and  Per Persson. Photo: Ulric Jansson / Sveriges Radio

Nicklas Bäckström and Per Persson. Photo: Ulric Jansson / Sveriges Radio

Per Persson from Valbo HC  says that: “It’s a dream come true. Nicklas is the biggest star ever to have come from Valbo, so to be associated with him feels like a dream come true.” Valbo HC hopes that more kids will give hockey a try and that more sponsors will be drawn to invest more money in the club.

For Nicklas, the most important thing is his feelings towards his first club.”I’m a Valbo boy so Valbo will always have a special place in my heart.”

 

Nicklas Bäckström.

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6 kommentarer till Nicklas Bäckström has arena named after him in Valbo

  1. Tess W skriver:

    Tänkte tipsa dig om det där men du har ju redan skrivit om det!
    Står nog om det på GD.se också det gör det i alla fall i pappers tidningen idag.
    Var inte där själv dock.

    Snaaart börjar det äntligen både i NHL och Elitserien!
    Vad jag har LÄNGTAT!!!!
    Stora kramar Tess W

  2. Tobias skriver:

    Ah, det är ju han som säger ”Tja Felix, du hade fan en fråga till mig” i Lilla Sportspegeln. Kul att vinden vände för Nicklas!

    • Malin skriver:

      Absolut, verkligen kul.
      Det där klippet har verkligen fastnat i de svenska folkets medvetande. Det känns som om att Nicklas skulle kunna avgöra en OS-final åt Sverige och vinna Conn Smythe Trophy under samma år, men det skulle ändå vara den där gamla intervjun folk tänker på när de hör hans namn.

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