Christian Backman
Christian Backman
Number: 55
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 28, 1980
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Drafted: STL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (24th overall)
2005-06: Posted career highs in goals (6) and penalty minutes (48), appearing in 52 games for St. Louis Skated in his 100th career NHL game on March 5 at Vancouver Posted a career-high three points (1g, 2a) on Oct. 8 vs. San Jose Missed 29 games due to injury.

CAREER: 2004-05: Won the 2005 Swedish Elite League Championship as a member of the Frolunda Indians, collecting 19 points (4g, 15a) along with 40 penalty minutes. 2003-04: Tallied 18 points (5g, 13a) in 66 games Tallied 13 (4g, 9a) of his 18 points on home ice Notched two game-winning points (0g, 2a) Recorded three of his five goals in the first period The Blues registered a 3-1-1-0 record when he scored a goal and a 8-5-3-1 mark when he recorded a point Notched his first NHL point (assist) on Oct. 18 vs. Washington Recorded his first career NHL goal on Oct. 22 at Vancouver Notched a game-winning assist on Dec. 2 vs. Los Angeles Registered his first career multi-point game (two assists) on March 9 vs. NY Islanders Missed five games due to injury Played in four games with Worcester, recording three points (1g, 2a) along with two penalty minutes. Playoffs: Made his NHL postseason debut, appearing in five playoff matches, notching a pair of assists. 2002-03: Became the fifth Swedish-born player to play for the Blues, making his NHL debut on Feb. 11 at Buffalo Appeared in four games with St. Louis over three different stints Skated in 72 games with Worcester, ranking second on the team among defensemen in points (27) and assists (19) Finished tied for first on the team among defensemen with eight goals. 2001-02: Spent the entire season with Vastra Frolunda HC of the Swedish League Tied a career high in points (11) and set a career high in goals (7) Skated in a career-high 10 postseason contests, registering eight penalty minutes Spent four seasons with Vastra Frolunda HC, skating in 170 games, recording nine goals and 18 assists.

INTERNATIONAL: Captured a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics Games in Torino for Team Sweden, collecting three points (1g, 2a) in eight games played Appeared in nine games at the 2005 IIHF World Championship in Austria, recording two points (1g, 1a) along with six penalty minutes Was named to the 2004 Swedish World Cup Team Captured a silver medal at the 2004 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, notching two points (1g, 1a) along with six penalty minutes Played in the 1999 and 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship Posted a plus-8 rating at the 2000 World Junior Championship.

BACKGROUND: His greatest hockey moments include winning the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, being drafted by the Blues and winning the 2005 Swedish Elite League Championship Enjoys playing and watching soccer Christian and his wife, Jeanette, have two children: William and Thea.

TRANSACTIONS: April 28, 1980 - St. Louis' first choice, 24th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

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