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Backes Gives Back to Mavericks Hockey

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Blues captain David Backes is donating $100,000 to help Minnesota State build a new Strength and Conditioning Room in a newly-remodeled hockey wing at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN.

Backes made the announcement Monday at his alma mater’s charity golf tournament.

The Blues’ captain played for Minnesota State from 2003-06, where he scored 46 goals and 73 assists (119 points) in 115 games. He also served as the team’s captain from 2005-06.

“I had a fantastic college hockey experience at Minnesota State and thanks to my coaches and support staff, I learned the value of hard work, teamwork and life skills,” Backes told “These skills helped me tremendously as I prepared for my career in the NHL. As a thank you to everyone at Minnesota State who has assisted me on my collegiate journey, we wanted to donate something back that would make a difference and help ensure the long-term success of the program.”

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