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DAVID BACKES
Sport Discipline: Men
Position: Forward
Height: 6-3
Weight: 221
DOB: 5/1/84
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minn.
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Current Residence: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Spring Lake Park High School (Spring Lake Park, Minn.)
College: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Team: St. Louis Blues
ROAD TO SOCHI
Backes is one of five members of the leadership group of the men's hockey team, and he is one of 13 Olympic veterans on the team, having been part of the silver-medal winning effort in Vancouver. He is in his eighth NHL season with the St. Louis Blues, and third as captain.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2010 Olympic Winter Games, silver
  • Three-time world championship participant, 4th (2009), 5th (2007), 6th (2008)
  • Frank Selke Trophy finalist (2012)
  • NHL All-Star Game selection (2011)
  • NCAA All-America Second Team selection (2006)
  • All-WCHA Rookie Team selection (2004)
  • All-USHL First Team selection (2003)
PERSONAL
Son of Karen and Steve Backes...Has a sister, Melanie…Married Kelly Backes in 2008…Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft…He and his wife are highly active in animal rescue efforts and pet adoption drives…Received his private pilot's license in 2012…Hobbies include golfing and fishing.
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