How often have we read stories about the difficult adjustments young Russian players need to make when they come to the NHL?
Navigating D.C.’s complex traffic patterns; ordering food at restaurants; understanding the instructions of English-speaking coaches.
Well, Nicklas Backstrom now knows the feeling.
Having already adjusted once to the customs of a new country, the Capitals’ 24-year-old Swede is learning how to adapt to life in Moscow, where he says he is enjoying his new surroundings.
In a wide-ranging interview translated by our friends at AlexOvetjkin.com, Backstrom talks about the “cunning ploy” of Gary Bettman, his ability to order borsch, and how he’s dealt with Russian traffic jams.
And for those wondering, yes, Backstrom is quite happy playing hockey again.