HEIGHT 6'3"     WEIGHT 216 lbs


  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games, fourth place
  • 2010 Olympic Winter Games, silver medalist


  •  2008-09: Appeared in nine games for Team USA at the 2009 IIHF Men’s World Championship … Collected one goal and four assists … Led team with 28 shots on goal … Named one of three best USA players.
  • 2008-09: Skated in all 82 regular-season games in his third National Hockey League season with the St. Louis Blues ... Recorded career highs in points (54), goals (31), assists (23), power-play goals (6), shorthanded goals (2) and shots (208) ... Added a goal and two assists in four playoff contests.
  • 2007-08: Member of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2008 IIHF Men’s World Championship … Skated in six games for Team USA and tallied one assist.
  • 2007-08: Appeared in 72 regular-season games... Totaled 31 points (13-18). 2006-07: Recorded 23 points (10-13) in 49 games during his rookie season.
  • 2006-07: Appeared in all seven games for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2007 IIHF Men’s World Championship … Tallied one goal and added two assists… Scored one of Team USA’s three shorthanded goals in the tournament.
  • Skated in 31 games with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League in 2006-07 … Scored 10 goals and added two assists
  • In 2005-06 skated in 12 regular-season games and totaled 10 points (5-5) … Added a goal and an assist in three playoff games
  • Played three seasons (2003-06) at Minnesota State University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association … Tied for first on the team with a career-best 42 points (13-29) as MSU’s captain in 2005-06
  • Selected to the Men’s RBK Division I West All-America Second Team as well as the All-WCHA Second Team
  • Named MSU’s MVP in 2004-05 after playing in 38 games and finishing first on team in points (40), goals (17), power-play points (21) power-play goals (10) and game-winning goals (3), and second in assists (23)
  • Selected to the All-WCHA Third Team … Second on the team in goals (16), assists (21) and points (37) in 2003-04
  • Played two seasons (2001-03) with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League
  • Earned USHL First Team All-Star honors in 2002-03 after finishing fourth in assists (28), seventh in goals (28) and tied for third in league in points (69) in 57 games
  • Played in the 2003 USHL All-Star Game.


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2008-09 Team: St. Louis Blues

Backes was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft