Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Missed majority of 2000-01 and 2001-02 due to arm injury vs. Hershey (AHL), February 3, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Hershey (AHL), January 16, 2002. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, September 5, 2002.
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