Caps Celebrate Swedish Heritage Night

Posted March 28, 2016

Fans rocked the blue and yellow Monday night at Verizon Center as the Caps took on the Columbus Blue Jackets.  The color change had nothing to do with their opponent, but was in place to honor Swedish Heritage Night and to show support for the Swedish players on the team.  The Caps have three players on their roster who hail from Sweden: Marcus Johannson, assistant captain Nicklas Backstrom, and Andre Burakovsky, who was born in Austria and grew up in Sweden.

To kick off the Swedish Heritage festivities, Monumental Sports Network’s Mike Vogel interviewed Backstrom at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. earlier this month as part of the Global Heritage Series.  They discussed Backstrom’s Swedish roots and even got to speak with the Swedish ambassador to the U.S., Bjorn LyrvallWatch highlights from the visit.

Another recent activity was a Swedish food tasting prepared especially for the three Swedish Caps by Frieda Johansson (no relation to Marcus), the Swedish Ambassador’s chef.  Backy, MoJo, and Bura invited Caps forward Tom Wilson and center Evgeny Kutznetsov to join them to enjoy some tasty Swedish delicacies. Check out the guys chowing down.

Fans also had the opportunity to purchase special $39 tickets for the Swedish Heritage game. In addition to the special price, each fan also received a Caps T-shirt.

Swedish Heritage Night was the last in a series of Global Heritage Nights this season sponsored by the Washington Capitals organization to honor the Caps international hockey players.  German, Canadian, and Russian Heritages Nights were also celebrated throughout the season.