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David Backes
NUMBER: 42 BIRTHDATE: May 1, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 221 DRAFTED: STL / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 2nd   (62nd overall)
Backes led his team with 28 shots and added a goal and four assists at the 2009 World Championships to be named one of the three best U.S. players for the tournament.

He has represented the United States at the last three World Championships (2007, 2008, 2009), recording two goals, seven assists and 74 penalty minutes.

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You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals