David Backes
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 05/01/1984
AGE: 32
BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, MN, USA
DRAFTED: STL: 2003-62 overall

-- Named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the week ending April 5 after leading all NHL goal-scorers with five and added one assist. Turned in one of the top single-game performances by an NHL player this season, notching four goals, the 6th time in Blues history for a player to record four goals in a single game, a +2 rating and a career-high nine shots in a 5-4 victory on April 2 at Detroit. He tallied the game's first two goals in the second period, gave the Blues a 3-2 lead early in the third frame and scored the game-winner with just over four minutes left in regulation. Concluded the week by tallying a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on April 4.
-- Scored his 30th goal of the season on April 2 at Detroit, becoming the 5th Blue in history to register 30 goals and 150-plus penalty minutes in a season.
-- Led the team and tied for 9th in the NHL with 165 penalty minutes and was the only player in the NHL this season to score 30-plus goals and register 150-plus penalty minutes.
-- Led the club and ranked 18th in the league with 204 hits.
-- Posted 37 points (20g, 17a) in the last 46 regular season games and 21 points (13g, 8a) in the last 21 regular season games.
-- Finished 2nd on the team in points (54), goals (31) and shots (208) and ranked 8th with 23 assists, all career-highs.
-- Was one of four Blues to play in all 82 games.
-- Registered 13 multi-point games this season, 12 2-point games and one 4-point game.
-- Registered his 300th penalty minute on April 12 at Colorado.
-- Played in his 200th NHL game on April 4 at Dallas.
-- Posted a career-high 20 penalty minutes in a game on Jan. 3 vs. Columbus.
-- Registered a career-high four-game goal scoring streak from Dec. 13-20 (4 goals).

2008-09: Registered his first career playoff point (goal) and added an assist in game three on April 19 vs. Vancouver ... Won 7-11 face-offs (64.0%), registered four hits along with five shots in game two on April 17 at Vancouver ... Made his playoff debut in game one on April 15 at Vancouver, recording three shots and five hits.
2005-06: Served as Minnesota State-Mankato's captain for the season Tied for first on the Mavericks with a college career high in points (42), ranked first with a career high in assists (29) and finished second with a career high in penalty minutes (91) Named to the 2006 Academic All-American First Team Selected to the 2005-06 RBK Second All-America Team Named to the 2005-06 All-WCHA Second Team Named team MVP for the second consecutive year Missed only one game in his three-year collegiate career Signed by St. Louis on March 15 and was assigned to the Peoria Rivermen Played in 12 games, tallying 10 points (5g, 5a) and 10 penalty minutes.

College Career: 2004-05: Earned Minnesota State-Mankato MVP honors after playing in 38 games with the Mavericks, finishing first on the team in points (40), goals (17), power-play points (21), power-play goals (10), game-winning goals (3) and was second in assists (23) Was selected to the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association Third Team after finishing tied for 15th in the conference in points (40), tied for 13th in goals (17), tied for 18th in assists (23), tied for 14th in power-play points (21) and tied for seventh in power-play goals (10) Was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 13 after recording three points (2g, 1a) in two games against Wisconsin on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11. 2003-04: Played in his first collegiate season with Minnesota State, appearing in 39 games, recording 37 points (16g, 21a) and 66 penalty minutes Finished second on the club in goals, assists, and points and was tied for third with 66 penalty minutes Finished fourth in the NCAA among freshmen in points and tied for third in goals and assists Ranked second among freshmen in the WCHA in points and goals and finished tied for second in assists and for his efforts was selected to the WCHA All-Rookie Team Finished 16th in the WCHA in points and tied for 13th in goals. Junior Career: 2002-03: Was selected to the United States Hockey League's First All-Star Team, registering 69 points (28g, 41a) in 57 games Was tied for third in the league in points (69), ranked seventh in goals (28) and ranked fourth in assists (41) Played in the 2003 USHL All-Star Game. 2001-02 : Skated in 30 games, recording 21 points (11g, 10a) with Lincoln along with 54 penalty minutes.