NHL PLAYER, David Backes
Born May 01, 2013 -- Minneapolis, MN, United States
Selected by St. Louis Blues round 2 #63 overall 2003 NHL Entry Draft
David Anthony Backes (born May 1, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey right winger and alternate captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL).
After two seasons of junior with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League, Backes was selected 62nd overall by the Blues in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Following his draft, he joined the Minnesota State Mavericks of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, spending three seasons in the college hockey ranks. Foregoing his senior year with the Mavericks, he turned professional with the Blues, joining their American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. Midway through the 2006–07 season, Backes was called up to the NHL and secured a roster spot with the Blues.
In 2007–08, he completed his first full season in the NHL, improving to 31 points (13 goals and 18 assists). Becoming a restricted free agent in the off-season, Backes signed a three-year, US$ 7.5 million offer sheet with the Vancouver Canucks on July 1, 2008. The Blues quickly matched the offer, keeping Backes in St. Louis through the 2010–11 season. With a new contract, Backes tallied 54 points, including a career-high 31 goals, in 2008–09, finishing second behind former Bruins winger Brad Boyes among Blues scorers.
He added 165 penalty minutes while playing in all 82 games for the first time in his career. During the season, he scored a career-high four goals on April 2, 2009, in a 5–4 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Backes' efforts helped the Blues reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Matching up against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, the Blues were swept in four games. Backes recorded a goal and two assists in that span.
Following the retirement of Keith Tkachuk in the off-season, Backes took on the role of the alternate captain for 2010–11, the last season of his contract. A month into the campaign, on November 12, 2010, Backes signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract extension, keeping him with St. Louis through the 2015–16 season. Leading the Blues in scoring midway through the season, he was named to his first NHL All-Star Game in 2011. Backes completed the season matching his personal best total of 31 goals, while adding 31 assists for a career-high and team-leading 62 points over 82 games. With a +32 rating, Backes came within one point of leading the league in plus-minus, behind Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chára.
Late in the 2010–11 season, Blues captain Eric Brewer had been traded away to the Tampa Bay Lightning, leaving the leadership position vacant for the remainder of the campaign. During the off-season, on September 9, 2011, Backes was chosen to succeed Brewer, becoming the 20th captain in team history. He scored 24 goals to go with 30 assists in 82 games played during the 2011–12 NHL season.
After ten seasons with the Blues organization, leading the club as captain for 5 years, Backes left as a free agent and agreed to a five-year $30 Million deal with the Boston Bruins on July 1, 2016.
On November 22, 2016, the Bruins as a team reached the milestone of 20,000 goals all-time in NHL play, dating back to their 1924–25 debut season when left winger Smokey Harris scored the Bruins' first-ever goal on December 1, 1924, Backes' power play goal for the Bruins got them to the 20,000th-team goal total plateau in a 4–2 home rink loss to his previous team, the St. Louis Blues. The 20,000th goal plateau has only been attained by one other NHL team—the Bruins' top rival—the Montreal Canadiens. He is currently an alternate captain along with Patrice Bergeron for home games at the TD Garden.
Following his rookie NHL season, Backes was named to the United States' national team for the 2007 IIHF World Championship. He played in 7 games contributing a goal, 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes, as the U.S. finished in 5th place. He again suited up for Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Championship, contributing an assist and 35 penalty minutes over 6 games as the U.S. finished 6th. Competing for a third consecutive year at the World Championships in 2009, Backes registering a goal and 4 assists in 9 games. The U.S. placed 4th, losing to Sweden 4-2 in the bronze medal game.
On January 1, 2010, Backes was named to the United States' roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He recorded a goal and two assists over six games, helping the United States to the gold medal game. They were defeated 3–2 by Canada in overtime, earning silver.
On January 1, 2014, Backes was named to the United States's roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics along with St. Louis teammates Kevin Shattenkirk and T. J. Oshie. Although the U.S. team did not win a medal, the forward played in six games, scored three goals, had one assist, and four points while accumulating six penalty minutes in Sochi.
Off The Ice
Backes got his private pilot license in 2012 and has flown many planes since. He graduated with an applied organizational studies degree with a nonprofit leadership emphasis from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2014, and was formerly studying to become an electrical engineer.
Backes is a passionate advocate for animal welfare, and has had pets since he was a child and when he was struggling to get a break in the NHL. Together with his wife, Kelly, he is highly active in animal rescue efforts and pet adoption drives. In November 2013, they founded Athletes for Animals, "a united team of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide."
Backes expects to be back to old self in 2018-19 August 17, 2018
David Backes feels like he and his team, the Boston Bruins, suffered an abnormal amount of bad luck last year, and he fully expects a reversal of fortunes this season. The 34-year-old center is currently plying his trade in a 4-on-4 summer league called the Da Beauty League, looking to get a head start, conditioning-wise, on the 2018-19 NHL season. Despite missing a career-high 25 games last year (he had never missed more than 10 since his rookie campaign), Backes ended the 2017-18 season on a high note, tallying 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the last 6 games leading up to the playoffs.
For more on Backes, check out the nhl.com story here.
Marchard and Backes guide Bruins’ to victory April 13, 2018
Brad Marchand opened the scoring and David Backes tallied the game-winner, as the Boston Bruins cruised to a 5-1, Eastern Conference Game 1 win versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Marchand would eventually be named the first star of the contest, after adding an assist on a late, 2nd period insurance goal. Backes, meanwhile, would go on to register a game-high 5 hits, along with 2 shots on net. His goal was the fourth Stanley Cup Playoffs game-winner of his career.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com recap here.
Backes, Marchand lead Bruins to victory March 16, 2017
David Backes returned from a 1st period injury to score the game-winning goal, and Brad Marchand tallied his league-leading 36th goal last night, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Calgary Flames, 5-2. For Backes, it was his second straight game with a goal, and 15th of the season. Marchand meanwhile, would eventually be named the 1st star of the game, registering 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and a game-high 5 shots on net. Besides taking over the NHL-lead in goals with 36, the 28-year-old rising star now sits tied for 1st overall in points with 76.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story.
Backes looking to make big impact in Boston August 12, 2016
Signed to a five-year contract back with the Boston Bruins on July 1st, David Backes is already making a name for himself in the Boston community. Known for being an outspoken animal rights advocate, Backes visited the ASPCA, receiving a tour of their facility. In the same week, he threw out the first pitch of a baseball game at the prestigious Fenway Park. The 32-year-old rugged forward captained the St. Louis Blues for a large portion of his career, and will now look to be a leader on and off the ice with the Boston Bruins.
For more on Backes, keep reading the causewaycrowd.com piece here.
Backes signs 5-year deal with Boston July 05, 2016
David Backes signed a 5-year deal with the Boston Bruins last week, after playing 10 seasons with the St. Louis Blues. Known for his physicality and leadership, the hard-hitting, two-way center has also proven to be a consistent scorer throughout his career, tallying 20 or more goals on six occasions. In 79 games last season, the Minneapolis-native registered 45 points, including 21 goals. The 32-year-old was selected to the 2010-11 All-Star Game, and has twice represented USA at the Olympics (2010, 2014).
For more on Backes, check out the metro.us article here.
Backes named 2nd star in Blues win May 16, 2016
David Backes scored the opening goal of the game last night, as the St. Louis Blues went on to defeat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. The Blues’ captain has been one of the best performers of the playoffs thus far, ranking in the top 5 in plethora of categories such as goals (7), points (13) and game winning goals (3). He is currently on a four-game point streak, with 2 goals and 3 assists in that span.
For more on Backes and last night’s contest, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Backes dominates in Game 4 romp May 04, 2016
David Backes put in another dominant performance last night, as the St. Louis Blues steamrolled the Dallas Stars by a score of 6-1. The Blues’ captain scored 2 goals in the contest, won 72% of his faceoffs and led all players in hits with 9. He currently sits 4th overall in playoff goals with 5, and leads the way in game winning goals with 3.
For more on Backes and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here.
Backes and Brouwer come through in Game 2 win May 02, 2016
David Backes scored the overtime winner and Troy Brouwer was named the first star last night, as the St. Louis Blues came away with a clutch, 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars, evening the series at 1-1. Brouwer got the Blues rolling early, setting up the team’s second goal before adding the third late in the first period. As for Backes, the Blues’ captain has been the epitome of clutch this postseason, having now scored 2 game-winning goals, both coming in overtime.
For more on the Blues’ win, check out the nhl.com story here.
Backes continues to shine in Blues’ win December 14, 2015
David Backes came up big on Saturday night, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the St. Louis Blues’ 3-0 win over the league-leading Dallas Stars. The performance garnered him 1st of the game honours. The Blues captain has been hot of late, tallying 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 matches.
For more on the Blues’ win, keep reading the stltoday.com post here.
Backes breaks out with 3-point performance November 17, 2015
David Backes was named the first star last night, as the St. Louis Blues edged the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 3-2. The 31-year-old rugged centerman scored two goals—including the game winner—and added an assist in the win. He also led all forwards in ice-time with 23:47. The game-winning goal was his second of the season.
For more on Backes and last night’s game, check out the stltoday.com post here.
Backes helps guide Blues to victory February 13, 2015
Blues’ captain David Backes was named the second star last night, as St. Louis cruised to a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a matchup of two of the NHL’s top teams, The Blues scored early and often, building a commanding 5-2 lead after two periods. Backes was front and center in the 2nd period push, scoring a goal and an assist in less than two minutes, boosting the lead to 4-1. He would go on to finish the game with 4 shots, 4 hits and a plus/minus rating of +3.
For more on the Blues’ win, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Backes named 1st star of the week January 12, 2015
It should come as no surprise that St. Louis Blues captain David Backes was named the player of the week on Monday, after registering 8 points (five goals, three assists) in just three games played. The Blues’ centerman posted three successive multi-point efforts, highlighted by his 4-goal performance against Arizona on January 6th. It marked the second time in his career that he achieved the feat, and the first time in nine years that a player scored four successive goals in a game.
For more on Backes, keep reading the nhl.com article here.
Backes scores 4 in Blues’ romp January 07, 2015
For seventeen minutes, it must have felt like there was only one player on the ice. In that span, St. Louis Blues’ captain David Backes scored four straight goals, blowing the game wide open en route to a 6-0 drubbing of the Arizona Coyotes. It was the second time in the gritty forward’s career that he managed the feat, the last time coming against the Red Wings in 2009. Unsurprisingly, Backes was named the first star of the game, adding 6 shots and 4 hits in the contest.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Backes dominates in Blues win March 26, 2014
The St. Louis Blues defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 last night and David Backes was front and center, scoring a hat trick in the victory. The Blues captain now has 27 goals on the season, four off of his career-best of 31, a mark he has achieved twice in his career (2008-09 and 2010-11). The gritty, two-way center has already broken a couple of his personal bests this year, one in power play goals (10) and another in game winning goals (5).
For more on Backes and last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com recap here.
Backes and Parise score as Americans win 5-2 February 20, 2014
Team U.S.A. advanced through to the semifinals, Wednesday, after beating the Czech Republic, 5-2. David Backes led the charge for the Americans with 2 points, including a key goal with just 1.8 seconds left in the first period. Zach Parise put the game on ice halfway through the second, slotting home his first goal of the tournament to make the score 4-1.
For more on Wednesday’s quarterfinal clash, keep reading the nhl.com article here.
Kessel and Backes key in American triumph February 14, 2014
After a slow start, the U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team exploded for 6 goals in the second period, en route to an easy, 7-1 win over the Slovakian squad. Phil Kessel led the American attack with a goal and two assists, while David Backes also contributed with a goal and two shots on net.
For more on yesterday’s game, keep reading the teamusa.org story here.
Backes and Schwartz star in Blues victory November 28, 2013
After a dominating 1st period saw them take a 3-1 lead, the St. Louis Blues coasted to an easy 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. David Backes took charge of the game early on, scoring the first goal on a well-timed tip. The American-born centerman then set up the eventual winner, feeding Alexander Steen in the slot to make it 2-0. Colorado would cut the lead to one shortly after, but Jaden Schwartz’s shorthanded marker near the end of the period put the Blues back up by 2.
For more on Backes and Schwartz’s star performances last night, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Kings begin title defense April 30, 2013
The playoffs begin tonight, with three games on the slate. This includes game 1 for the defending champions L.A. Kings, who will take on the St. Louis Blues. It will be a rematch of last year’s Western Conference second round tilt, where the Kings dominated en route to a 4-0 sweep.
D-man Matt Greene weighed in on the Kings season:
"I think the guys have been playing hard all year. It's been a playoff atmosphere for the whole season with the games played every other day pretty much, through all 48," said the gritty defenseman, who missed the regular-season finale because of an undisclosed injury, but practiced Monday. He said he was not sure whether he will play Tuesday, and Coach Darryl Sutter would not confirm Greene's status.
"Everybody's done a good job of playing to it," Greene added, "and I think everybody's ready for this year."
Find out more about the Kings in this Los Angeles Times story here.
The Blues, led by captain David Backes and Norris trophy candidate Alex Pietrangelo will, on the other hand, look to overcome last year’s debacle.
Here is what the coach had to say about the upcoming series:
“We’re playing better than we have all year,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re deeper than we’ve ever been. Whether we’re good enough, this series is going to tell, but we think we’re better than we’ve ever been. We’re going to need to be.”
“Los Angeles is the team, the only team in the league with the experience of knowing what it takes to win. So until someone knocks them off, they’re the only team with the knowledge of what it takes to win a Cup. We can all talk about it, but they’ve done it.”
Despite the tall order, St. Louis comes in to this series playing extremely well, and look to be a confident bunch.
For more on the Blues, continue reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article here.
Backes lifts Blues to win over Blue Jackets April 06, 2013 – St. Louis, Missouri - Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Now that David Backes has made it through the worst drought of his career, the St. Louis Blues captain has found his scoring touch again. Backes, who went 15 games without a goal, scored for the second straight game to help the Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night.
This one didn't earn Backes any style points, as he swatted home what proved to be the winning goal while lying on his back in the slot.
But he will take it.
"I just find the puck on my back and I said, 'Hey, I might as well whack this toward the net somewhere."' Backes said. "I've had enough blind luck where I'm hitting posts or crossbars or missing the net.
For more on this story, click here.Source: Associated Press