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Backes Named 20th Blues Captain

Assistant Captains are Jackman, Langenbrunner, McDonald and Steen

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 10:00 AM / St Louis Blues - News
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Backes Named 20th Blues Captain
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong along with Head Coach Davis Payne announced Friday the club has named David Backes the 20th captain in franchise history.

In addition, the club named Barret Jackman, Jamie Langenbrunner, Andy McDonald and Alex Steen assistant captains.

Backes, 27, joins a Blues captaincy club that includes several National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Fame inductees such as Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Bernie Federko, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens.

Originally drafted by the Blues in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Backes has spent each of his five NHL seasons with the club dressing in 364 games and compiling 218 points including 102 goals and 116 assists to go along with 500 penalty minutes. This past season, the 6’3, 225-pound forward posted a career year, tying career highs in goals (31) and assists (31) while etching new high marks in points (62) and plus/minus (+32) en route to earning his first NHL All-Star selection.

In addition, Backes’ +32 rating led all NHL forwards in 2010-11 and he became the first player in Blues history to finish a season with at least 30 goals, 30 assists and a +30 rating.

Jackman, 30, is the longest tenured current Blue entering his 10th season with the club. He currently ranks 5th on the Blues’ all-time games played list among defenseman (517).

Langenbrunner, 36, joined the Blues via free agency this past summer and will be entering his 17th NHL season in 2011-12. He served as the captain of the New Jersey Devils from 2007-2011 as well as Team USA for the 2010 Olympic Games.

McDonald, 34, is entering his fourth full season with the Blues and his 11th NHL season overall. In 2010-11, he became the 23rd player in franchise history to reach 400 career points while with the club.

Steen, 27, is entering his third full season with the Blues and his 7th NHL season overall. He is coming off a career year in 2010-11, during which he tied a career high with five game-winning goals while setting new career marks in points (51) and assists (31).

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 63 31 30 27 61
A. Steen 61 19 32 6 51
J. Schwartz 56 20 27 13 47
T. Oshie 55 17 27 11 44
D. Backes 62 21 22 4 43
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
P. Stastny 55 12 25 11 37
J. Lehtera 56 9 24 13 33
A. Pietrangelo 63 6 27 -2 33
P. Berglund 59 8 12 -2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 20 9 2 .921 2.20
J. Allen 17 6 3 .903 2.55

 
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