Nicklas Backstrom is getting some tough love from his grandmother ahead of Sweden’s Olympic opener.
According to the Google translation of a story from Sweden, Backstrom’s 84-year-old grandma, Britt, had some harsh words for her grandson, who leads all Swedish NHL players with 56 points in 59 games.
“He will make a fool of himself. He has played so poorly. For a long time,” Backstrom’s grandmother told Östersundsposten.
Backstrom’s trash-talking grandma also took a shot at the Capitals, saying “On the whole, they’ve got no game.”
The 26-year-old Capitals centre had no comment when asked about his grandma’s critical remarks, while linemate Daniel Sedin told Sportbladet that “She need not be worried. It’s fun to play with Nicklas. He is a fantastically talented hockey player.”
Sweden opens the men’s Olympic tournament on Wednesday against the Czech Republic.