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Ralph Backstrom

Ralph Backstrom  #14

Center
NUMBER: 14 BIRTHDATE: September 18, 1937
HEIGHT: 5' 10" BIRTHPLACE: Kirkland Lake, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 165
Shoots: Left
AwardsSeasons
Calder Memorial Trophy 1958-1959
Calder Memorial Trophy (1959) Paul Deneau Trophy (WHA Most Gentlemanly Player) (1974) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1967) Hull-Ottawa played partial schedule against OHA-Jr. teams that counted for opposition only. Traded to Los Angeles by Montreal for Gord Labossiere and Ray Fortin, January 26, 1971. Selected by New England (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Chicago by Los Angeles for Dan Maloney, February 26, 1973. WHA rights traded to Los Angeles (WHA) by New England (WHA) for cash, June, 1973. Traded to Chicago (WHA) by Los Angeles (WHA) for cash, July, 1973. Selected by Denver (WHA) from Chicago (WHA) in WHA Expansion Draft, May, 1975. Traded to New England (WHA) by Denver-Ottawa (WHA) with Don Borgeson for cash, January 20, 1976.
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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp