USHL First All-Star Team (1994) USHL Second All-Star Team (1995) WCHA Second All-Star Team (1996) WCHA Rookie of the Year (1996) WCHA First All-Star Team (1997, 1998, 1999) NCAA West Second All-American Team (1998) NCAA West First All-American Team (1999) AHL Second All-Star Team (2002)
Traded to NY Rangers by San Jose with Jayson More and San Jose's 4th round choice (later traded back to San Jose San Jose selected Adam Colagiacomo) in 1997 Entry Draft for Marty McSorley, August 20, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, August 19, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 24, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Kassel (Germany), April 20, 2004.
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