Hailed for his determination and physicality, Backes is a versatile forward who is equally capable at playing center or on the wing. His game is predicated on aggressive, two-way play and David excels at shutting down big-name opposition stars in the Central Division and Western Conference.
Backes proudly represents the Blues as one of many talents developed from within their system. He holds St. Louis’ traditions highly and has been passed down the captaincy from former franchise greats including Al Arbour, Barclay Plager, Brian Sutter, Bernie Federko, Scott Stevens, Brett Hull, Wayne Gretzky, Chris Pronger, Al MacInnis and Eric Brewer.
David soon made the jump to junior hockey where he logged impressive numbers over two seasons for the Lincoln Stars. During his two years in the USHL, Backes totaled 90 points in 87 games and was voted a 2002-03 All-USHL First Teamer.
Since making his NHL debut with the Blues on December 19, 2006, Backes has brought consistent, two-way play to the table. He finished runner-up for the Selke Trophy at the 2012 NHL Awards and has averaged 54 points over the past four seasons has been an iron man over period. Backes has played in all 82 games in three of the past four seasons.
David proudly represented the United States at four major tournaments in four consecutive years. He competed on three American teams at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships and was a member of the inspirational 2010 U.S. Olympic roster that claimed the silver medal at the Vancouver games.
Away from the ice, David and his wife Kelly are highly active in animal rescue efforts and pet adoption drives. David received his private pilot's license in 2012.
The Blues are the only team of the NHL's 1967 expansion group yet to lift the Stanley Cup. David is determined to change that and write a new, distinguished chapter in the Blues' storied history.Contributed by Sean Hartnett