Backstrom was a member of Finland’s silver medal team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and bronze medal side at the 2006 World Hockey Championship, but did not see action in either tournament. He made five appearances at both the 2005 and 2008 World Championships.
He made his international debut in Helsinki, Finland, winning a gold medal at the 1998 World Junior Championship. His teammates included 2010 Olympic teammates Olli Jokinen, Niklas Hagman, and Niko Kapanen.
They said, 'You're going to love the city. It's smaller than Philadelphia, but you're going to love it. You're going to love the fans. Just watching the playoffs last year, the fans seemed louder there than they did anywhere. I'm really excited about that.
— Forward Scott Hartnell on his upcoming season with the Columbus Blue Jackets