Backes Honored to Wear 'A' for Blues

Blues forward retained alternate captain mark after Tkachuk's return

Wednesday, 03.17.2010 / 4:50 PM / St Louis Blues - News
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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David Backes is expected to keep the 'A' on his jersey despite Tkachuk's return to the lineup (Getty Images).

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Hard work. Determination. Positive attitude. Strong locker room presence.

All of these are terms that could be used to describe David Backes.

And now he has the 'A' stitched onto his jersey to prove it.

“I’m obviously honored and take it with a lot of pride that they think that highly of me,” Backes told the Belleville News Democrat recently. “They’re just kind of formalizing that I’m going to be a leader in this organization moving forward. Hopefully it turns into more positive plays for us and it’s something I can build on to make the team better.”

Veteran Keith Tkachuk previously served as an alternate captain alongside defenseman Barret Jackman, but despite Tkachuk's return to the lineup from finger surgery, the distinction has remained with Backes.

And that's A-OK with Tkachuk.

“You don’t need a letter to be a leader, to embrace the things and do things you need to do," he recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I’m at the end of my career and David is an elite player on this team at this point.

"When you have done the things he has done - when you show all the leadership qualities he does in the way he conducts himself on the ice and off, he should have that distinction.”

Through 66 games this season, Backes has 15 goals and 25 assists and ranks third on the team in points.

During the 2008-09 season, Backes finished second on the team with 31 goals.

The 25-year-old forward returned recently from the 2010 Winter Olympics with a silver medal as a member of the Team USA men's hockey team.

Backes is hoping to use some of his recent Olympic experience to help the Blues.

"If we get into the playoffs, to have had the (Olympic) experience of playing in front of 18,000 crazy, screaming fans at a high level of competition, it's something that will benefit us a lot," he said.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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