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.
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.”
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.”