Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Backes
David Backes was born May 1, 1984 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. St. Louis' second round selection, 62nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Backes spent a pair of seasons in the USHL with the Chicago Steel and the Lincoln Stars before appearing in three seasons at Minnesota State-Mankato.

A hard-working forward with a nose for the net, serving as team captain Backes capped off his three year stint at Minnesota State-Mankato by racking up a career high 42 points. At the conclusion of his college season, Backes signed with the St. Louis Blues and appeared in 12 games with their AHL affiliate in Peoria. He began his first full professional season in Peoria and struggled with consistency at times, however would go on to spend the second half of his season with the St. Louis Blues. His play improved as the season progressed and he proved to be one of the Blues' top forwards.

Backes' offensive production continued to improve in St. Louis. He notched his first 30-goal season in 2008-09 and in February of 2010 he was part of the US Olympic team that brought home the silver medal in a thrilling overtime final at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

On September 8, 2011, Backes was made the 20th captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

During the 2013-14 season, Backes would record 27 goals and 30 assists. Mid-season, he was chosen once again to represent the United States at the Olympic Games and would help his homeland to a fourth place finish.

Backes would appear in 79 games for the Blues during the 2015-16 season, scoring 21 goals and adding 24 assists. He also led the club to the Western Conference Final, where they were defeated by the San Jose Sharks in six games.

After ten seasons with the Blues organization, the final five which as captain, Backes found himself an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2016. On July 1, he signed with the Boston Bruins and joined the club the following season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 Spring Lake Park Panthers High-MN 24 17 20 37
2000-01 Spring Lake Park Panthers High-MN 24 29 46 75
2001-02 Spring Lake Park Panthers High-MN 25 31 36 67 2 1 1 2
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 +10 7 4 1 5 17
2003-04 Minnesota State-Mankato WCHA 39 16 21 37 66
2004-05 Minnesota State-Mankato WCHA 38 17 23 40 55
2005-06 Minnesota State-Mankato WCHA 38 13 29 42 91
2005-06 Peoria Rivermen AHL 12 5 5 10 10 +6 3 1 1 2 8
2006-07 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 10 13 23 37 +6
2006-07 Peoria Rivermen AHL 31 10 3 13 47 -10
2006-07 United States WC-A 7 1 2 3 6 +4
2007-08 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 13 18 31 99 -11
2007-08 United States WC-A 6 0 1 1 35 0
2008-09 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 31 23 54 165 -3 4 1 2 3 10
2008-09 United States WC-A 9 1 4 5 33 +3
2009-10 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 17 31 48 106 -4
2009-10 United States Olympics 6 1 2 3 2 +4
2010-11 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 31 31 62 93 +32
2011-12 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 24 30 54 101 +15 9 2 2 4 18
2012-13 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 6 22 28 62 +5 6 1 2 3 0
2013-14 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 27 30 57 119 +14 4 0 1 1 2
2013-14 United States Olympics 6 3 1 4 6 0
2014-15 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 26 32 58 104 +7 6 1 1 2 2
2015-16 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 21 24 45 83 +4 20 7 7 14 8
2016-17 Boston Bruins NHL 74 17 21 38 69 +2 6 1 3 4 2
NHL Totals 801 223 275 498 1038 55 13 18 31 42


USHL First All-Star Team (2003) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2004) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2006) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2006) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011) Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2016.
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