One of the most intriguing story lines of the 2014 Gold Medal Game between Canada and Sweden, in which Canada won 3-0 to win its second straight Olympic Gold and retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship, was not the players in the game, but the one player who was not in the game: Nicklas Bäckström. Prior to the start of the game, Bäckström was barred from dressing in the game, after an IOC drug test found he tested positive for pseudoephedrine, which was found in his allergy medication prescribed to him.
Now, the International Olympic Committee is awarding Bäckström a silver medal six months following the Sochi games, after determining he took the drugs on the advice of a physician, not to enhance his performance. As reported by CSN Washington, Bäckström will receive the medal at a ceremony before a Swedish Hockey League game between Brynäs IF (who Bäckström has spent the offseason with) and Djurgårdens IF in an exhibition game on 28 August.
At the time of the suspension, the Washington Capitals forward had tallied four assists in five games, and was tied for third in scoring for Tre Kronor at the Olympics. Whether his presence would have been able to solve Carey Price and Team Canada’s defensive juggernaut is another argument in itself, but this presentation will certainly right this wrong, and become one of the more interesting medal ceremonies in Olympic hockey history, with thoughts of Nikolai Khabibulin’s 1992 Gold Medal coming to mind.