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.
There's not much to say. We played like [garbage]. I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed about how they played tonight. Every single person. To start a road trip, one of the biggest road trips and have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it's ridiculous how we played tonight.
— Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano after the Ducks' 7-2 loss to the Flames on Wednesday