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Born May 1, 1984 (1984-05-01) (age 25),
Minneapolis, MN
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team St. Louis Blues
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 62nd overall, 2003
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2005 – present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver Tournament

David Backes (born May 1, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Backes played high school hockey between 1999 and 2002 with Spring Lake Park High School in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. His number 5 has been retired by the school and hung at Fogerty Arena before its demolition.[citation needed] After a two-year stint of Junior A in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Lincoln Stars, Backes was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in the second round, 62nd overall. Prior to joining the Blues, he played college hockey at Minnesota State University, Mankato for three seasons. At the end of his third Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) season, he was assigned by the Blues to the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League (AHL) for the final 12 games of the 2005–06 AHL season.

Backes remained with the Rivermen for the beginning of the 2006–07 season, but was called up for his first NHL game on December 19, 2006 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his first NHL shift he assisted on a goal by Doug Weight. In his next NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings on December 21, Backes recorded his first NHL goal at 10:47 in the first period. He completed his rookie season with 23 points in 49 games with the Blues, as well as 13 points in 31 games with the Rivermen.

The following season (2007–08) he played the full season in the NHL, improving to 31 points. He played for Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Championship. He became a restricted free agent in the subsequent off-season and the Vancouver Canucks signed Backes to a three-year, $7.5 million offer sheet on July 1, 2008. The St. Louis Blues quickly matched the offer to keep Backes with the Blues through to the 2010–11 season.[1] With a new contract, Backes tallied 31 goals and 54 points, second in team scoring to Brad Boyes.[2] He scored a career-high four goals on April 2, 2009, in a 5-4 win for St. Louis over the Detroit Red Wings.[3] David Backes is currently an alternate captain for the Blues, taking the label from Keith Tkachuk.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Lincoln Stars USHL 30 11 10 21 54 3 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Lincoln Stars USHL 57 28 41 69 126 7 4 1 5 17
2003–04 Minnesota State WCHA 39 16 21 37 66
2004–05 Minnesota State WCHA 38 17 23 40 55
2005–06 Minnesota State WCHA 38 13 29 42 91
2005–06 Peoria Rivermen AHL 12 5 5 10 10 3 1 1 2 8
2006–07 Peoria Rivermen AHL 31 10 3 13 47
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 10 13 23 37
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 13 18 31 99
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 31 23 54 165 4 1 2 3 10
NHL totals 203 54 54 108 301 4 1 2 3 10

International play

Played for the United States in:

Backes was chosen as a member of Team USA for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[4]

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International statistics

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2007 United States WC 7 1 2 3 6
2008 United States WC 6 0 1 1 35
Senior int'l totals 13 1 3 4 41

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