Brother of Bill OSHL First All-Star Team (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956) Calder Trophy (1942)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947)
Claimed by NY Rangers from Cleveland (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 27, 1941. Missed majority of 1943-44 due to concussion vs. Detroit, December 23, 1943. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for Billy Taylor and future considerations (Pentti Lund and Ray Manson, June, 1948), February 6, 1948. Traded to Montreal by Boston for cash, October 10, 1949.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3