USHL Player of the Year (1994) WCHA First All-Star Team (1997, 1998, 1999) NCAA West Second All-American Team (1998) WCHA Player of the Year (1999) NCAA West First All-American Team (1999) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2008)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007)
Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, April 20, 1999. Traded to NY Islanders by Los Angeles for NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Joel Andresen) in 2002 Entry Draft, January 3, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), December 1, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 1, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Toronto with Vesa Toskala for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, January 31, 2010.
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