HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- When it's time to leave work, David Backes is the kind of person that leaves it all at the office -- or rink, in his case.
At least most of the time.
Center - STL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 5 | +/-: -3
Backes, the Blues' center and first-year captain, prefers to devote his time and attention to wife Kelly and their pets. Both are advocates for various charities, including David's Dogs and Kelly's Kats. These organizations work to get needy stray pets placed in loving homes, as well as raise money for various shelters and animal-awareness campaigns. It's part of who Backes and his wife are away from the rink.
But at home?
"At home we don't talk a whole lot of hockey," Backes said Monday. "When I'm here for four hours a day, it's pretty intense decision-making and going through the paces and getting things done. When I get home, it's nice to have a little retreat. … It [hockey] takes me away from her. But she played in high school and there are times I do need to vent to her. She's pretty good at keeping me level-headed and talking me off the ledge. It's a lot of self-reflecting, and the coaching staff and some of the other leaders I think would be the guys that I really hash it out with."